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Football Governance


Glass ceiling for fan owned clubs

Portsmouth chairman Ian McInnes has admitted in an interview with The Times that there is a glass ceiling to the fan ownership model used at Pompey.  If success breeds ambition there may come a day when Portsmouth's fans have to cede ownership to an outside investor.

The Pompey Supporters Trust owns 47.6 per cent of the club with the next biggest shareholder owning 10.75 per cent.    Three PST members sit on the board of seven.

When Wimbledon almost moved to Dublin

The two unfortunates blog present an interesting in depth look at the proposal that Wimbledon should move to Dublin.   Milton Keynes was bad enough, but this would have taken franchising to new levels. Fortunately, it was blocked.

Dyke wants to cut size of Premier League

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to cut the size of the Premier League to eighteen clubs to boost the fortunes of the national team.

Any such plan would require a vote of 75 per cent of clubs in favour and it might be questioned why they would vote for it.   However, Dyke has suggested that the number of clubs relegated could be reduced to two.  Also, if there were fewer clubs, the pot going to each club would be bigger.

The path to political power through football

Argentina's new centre-right president Maurico Marci is the former chairman of leading club Boca Juniors. This is not a coincidence: he consciously used it as a route to political power.

In the Financial Times weekend magazine Simon Kuper revealed how Marci addressed a meeting in Oxford 14 years ago to explain how he planned to parlay his success with Boca Juniors into a political career.   He applied business principles, took a risk by getting rid of some popular players, and brought success.

Scarves as symbols of protest

Paul Breen discusses how scarves have been adopted as symbols of protest by football fans.   This was started with the green and gold protest at Manchester United.   It didn't dislodge the Glazers, but it did give a boost to the supporters' trust.    The tactic was also adopted by Arsenal fans over the issue of high ticket prices.

Can the FC United model survive?

FC United is a genuine fans' club.   But can the model survive as the club becomes more successful? Recently the club was upset by the FA's decision to move their cup game to a Monday night so that it could be televised.   Part of their argument for traditional football is that it should be played on a Saturday.

Are Uefa targeting Manchester City?

Manchester City face with being charged by Uefa after their fans booed the Champions League anthem before their match against Seville on Wednesday.  Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body are to consider 'the disruption of the competition anthem' at their meeting on 19 November.

Uefa sources are discounting the prospect of a formal charge, but City intend to robustly defend their supporters' right to peaceful protest and are instructing lawyers.

New call for action on Scottish football

Former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish headed a review of the Scottish game in 2010.  He has now called for a new summit on the state of the game after Scotland's failure to qualify for Euro 2016.  Much smaller countries such as Iceland and Northern Ireland succeeded in qualifying.

El Clásico under threat after vote

Nationalist parties have won the regional elections in Catalonia.   They plan to hold an independence referendum within eighteen months.  Spain has said that it would challenge any such referendum in the courts.

Hull City name change turned down

Contrary to expectations, the FA have turned down Hull City's application to change their name to Hull Tigers. FA chairman Greg Dyke is believed to have supported the application. The idea now looks dead in the water.

Fans have campaigned against the name change, although some argue that it is only a vociferous minority of fans that are opposed.