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Gordon backs Supporters’ calls for strengthened regulations of the Football Association

Gordon has thrown his weight behind the “Fans Not Numbers” campaign – an initiative calling for strengthened regulations and governance powers of the Football Association.FA_Debate_2.jpg

He has been contacted by a number of Blackpool FC fans and backed their calls to give supporter groups such as the Blackpool Supporters Trust greater powers and say in the running of their club.

Gordon said: “This is a campaign I fully endorse because I believe we need real and meaningful reform of the FA. We can start by giving supporters greater representation on both the council and the executive board of the Football Association.

“It is disappointing that up to now Theresa May’s Government have yet to take up any proposals around football governance powers. However I am pleased Blackpool Council passed a motion to support this campaign meaning the Chief Executive will now write to the Prime Minister.

“The “Fans Not Numbers” campaign matters even more in Blackpool due to the mismanagement at the club and with fans being let down by the FA.”

Gordon supported his Labour colleague Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill last year to push for reform of the FA and followed this up by speaking this February in a debate about the FA (pictured). He highlighted the ownership situation at Bloomfield Road – criticising the FA on their failure to effectively intervene and address the problems.

He added: “Labour is committed to putting fans at the heart of their clubs – by legislating for accredited supporters trusts to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and to purchase shares when clubs change hands.”

Also as a member of the Football Supporters Group in Parliament, Gordon has signed two Early Day Motions in Parliament calling on the Government to introduce a fit and proper persons test for those who seek to purchase clubs.

 

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