Updated: Tuesday, 31st March 2020 @ 1:33pm

Wealthy football club owners ruin chance for fans' influence in game, insists Co-operative Party chairman

Wealthy football club owners ruin chance for fans' influence in game, insists Co-operative Party chairman

By Dean Wilkins

Wealthy businessmen taking over football teams are ruining the influence of supporters on the club, claimed the Co-operative Party’s chairman in Manchester today.

Gareth Thomas was speaking at Labour’s annual conference at Manchester Central and slammed rich individuals for attempting to make more money from clubs rather than taking an interest in fans.

The MP for Harrow West was in support of Portsmouth fans who are trying to save the former Premier League team from administration again – as supporters bid against former owner Balram Chainrai.

"Too often football is run not in the interest of fans, it in run in the interest of wealthy individuals or huge corporations who own our football clubs," Thomas said.

"Slowly, in some clubs, the fans are getting more powerful. A series of clubs owned by their fans, supporters' trusts growing in stature at a number of Premier League and Championship clubs.

"Portsmouth is the latest battleground. Fans pushing for control, a rich former owner trying to stop them.”

And the chairman of Labour’s sister party reached out to the Football League and announced that it is time to allow Pompey fans to try and save their club from collapse.

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