Monthly Archive: April 2015

Supporters’ Involvement In Fan Club


How best can fans be involved in the club? What could be better than legal rights to buy shares? Following the German model, the shadow minister for sports, Clive Efford put forth proposals to legislations that could give fan trusts right to buy shares of the club when they are sold. Moreover, the government also announced the Supporter Ownership and Engagement Group that would get to the bottom of fan involvement in football governance. Football clubs can get over the financial crisis with the support of the fans. It is these supporters that form the basis of community unity by working and fighting to keep the sport alive through their ardent support for the game.

The irony is that despite being an integral part of the game the fans are being excluded, and only 14 clubs have their active participation on the board. The entrance to Premier League and Champions League has seen more clubs being a party to administration. As a normal practice football players are paid first, and the rest is distributed to local businesses. In many cases, football fans and supporters have come to the rescue of the bankrupt clubs to keep the game alive through their governance.

With clubs just concentrating on business the lifeline of the game, customers are always forgotten. Fans can help give a new vision to the clubs that have always focused on short term success. On the other hand, fans can also understand the pressures undergone by the club administration to meet the expectations of the customers.

Football Fans On Standing Or Sitting Impasse


Over a period of time, the football facilities and infrastructures have changed though the mindset of the fans remains the same for generations. The new stadiums are next to perfection with playing surfaces resembling a snooker table, and the golden era of mud and grass playfield have become extinct. Needless to say, the skills of the players have improved dramatically thanks to their fitness regime that makes the game far more exciting and nail biting during the modern days. The stadiums have been technologically improvised to offer a better view of the game.

Another major issue that hogs football fans who visit stadiums to experience a match is whether to stand or sit. While most fans watch the match standing, though against the law, there are serious anti-social observations, cited researchers. Despite the law states that fans have to be seated during a match, the risk lies when a greater number of spectators decide to watch the match standing. While smaller crowd preferring to stand could be dealt but if most of the spectators prefer to sit this could encourage fellow supporters also to follow suit.

Often during matches it happens that fans waste time locating their seats and half the time end up seated on the wrong seats leading to confusion. In most cases, the fans are not seated even though when it is rightfully theirs and jump up on every given occasion. It has become the unwritten code while watching any match that you have to stand up all the time whether a goal has been hit or missed.

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