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BWFCST Statement on Government Response to Fan-Led Review

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BWFCST Statement

Today’s Government announcement now offers a real opportunity to save our national game.

With huge cross-party political support, the argument for an independent regulator is now over. It is going to happen and forms the central pillar of the Fan-Led Review.

Our recent series of FLR surveys recorded almost unanimous support from BWFCST members for the establishment of an independent regulator.

However, what is needed now is a firm timetable for change. There should be no more delay.

If reform is allowed to be kicked into the long grass, it will be a disaster for hard-working clubs at the heart of our towns and communities.

Lack of effective regulation over many years has allowed situations to develop that have been nothing short of scandalous. Ask Bury, Macclesfield, Swindon, Charlton, Wigan, Derby and now Oldham fans for their views on the performance of the current football regulators, not to mention our previous ownership troubles.

The ongoing financial situation at many clubs remains perilous. For too long the challenges in our national game have been effectively ignored by the football authorities and successive governments which has put many clubs on the edge of ruin.

Legislation has the power to change football and protect our community clubs for generations to come. Let’s keep up the pressure for reform.


Thank you for your support!

25 April 2022

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust

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