Liverpool supporters’ union calls for fan representation on the board

Fans’ body says it cannot trust Fenway Sports Group after Super League fiasco

Supporters protest against Liverpool’s US owner John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) outside the club’s  Anfield stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Supporters protest against Liverpool’s US owner John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) outside the club’s Anfield stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

 

The Liverpool supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly has called for elected fan representation on the club’s board because it says it cannot trust Fenway Sports Group after the Super League fiasco.

SOS polled its members on whether to have a working relationship with FSG after Liverpool’s owner played a leading role in the attempted and short-lived coup. The vote was overwhelmingly in support of SOS being represented on the board (89%) and working with the club in leading a reform agenda, before or in conjunction with the national fan-led review.

In a statement announcing the poll results, the union said it had raised concerns with club representatives over potential breakaway leagues for several years but “our views were ignored as they planned the opposite”.

SOS continued: “It means at present we cannot trust what the owners and board say when we meet with them. The relationship we thought we had was false. But we must use this experience as a catalyst for change. Real change. In voting to continue engagement with FSG, they must now make a decision.

“Their actions shamed the LFC, but they can accept the values and principles of our club and react positively. Together we can lead the change for the future of our game.

“We call for a reconstitution of the board that includes effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for members of the current LFC board to be that elected representative. This cannot be token representation, but one that has the ‘golden share’ on the decision-making process. We believe this is both practical and achievable. If FSG do not embrace this position, we will then consider how to respond.

”We must also take the opportunity to work alongside other supporter trusts and the FSA [Football Supporters’ Association], to ensure the government’s review into football governance includes giving fans a say in how their clubs are run. A true supporters’ voice at the heart of decision making.”

– Guardian

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.