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Gordon highlights strife between Blackpool FC fans and owners in Parliament debate on FA Reform

Gordon has highlighted the current strife between the owners and supporters of Blackpool FC during a debate in Parliament on reform of the Football Association.FA_Debate_1.jpg

He spoke in a debate which was set up following concerns over how the game was being run. Gordon said that Blackpool supporters had been failed by the FA following the turmoil at Bloomfield Road and called for supporters to have a more meaningful say in the running of the game.

He said: “Football clubs are more than just private assets and they should be run in the best interests of the community and supporters deserve greater power and influence in how they are run. That’s why I backed Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill which looked at this very issue and why I am calling for greater fan representation on the FA council.”

Directly talking about Bloomfield Road, he added: “Blackpool has always had a proud history, from the 1953 FA Cup Final to Jimmy Armfield who is recognised internationally, and all the way through to Cinderella story in 2010 and it was a very proud moment to join tens of thousands on the prom. But sadly over the last few years the situation at Blackpool has led to thousands of supporters boycotting.

During his speech, he also referenced the legal action the club’s owners had taken against supporters, which he explained had made the situation “far, far more difficult.”

In the debate, Gordon quoted a letter from Steve Rowland, chairman of the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, who said the FA was “supposedly the over-arching guardian of the game” but over the last number of years clubs had too often become a “money-spinning business venture".

The debate ended with the Commons passing a vote of no confidence in the FA.

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