Supporters Direct, which has promoted democratic fan involvement inÂ football clubs for 11 years, is now facing a terminal threat to itsÂ existence. The Premier League funding of Â£1.2m was withdrawn and the organization’s ten staff members lost their jobs.
Since it was established in 2000, the organization helped form 180 supporters’ trusts with 270,000Â members. It has helped saving about 50Â football and rugby league clubs, that were led to theÂ administration by “Sugar daddies” and the the benefactor model.
The withdrawal of support came after the organization celebrated theÂ great success of AFC Wimbledon andÂ Swansea City (20% owned by their supporters trust). Wimbledon was promoted to the football league, Swansea to the Premier League. Supporters Direct recently alsoÂ helped the parliamentary inquiry into football in the UK – which exposed the flawed financial model of the Premier League.
Why has the funding is stopped?
The official reason is that Dave Boyle,Â SD’s chief executive, was swearing on Twitter.Â Pardon my French but this is bullshit.Â The funding is stopped because the owners of the Premier League areÂ feeling that fans groups and supporters’ trusts are getting tooÂ powerful.
Now, fans must save Supporters Direct. Don’t let the money men win.