European Super League collapse prompts Bolton Wanderers Trust supporters to rally
The Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust has launched a recruiting call for new members in light of the dismal failure of the European Super League.
The Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sports has announced that it will undertake a fan-led review of the governance, ownership and financial models of football in the game.
The recent collapse of the ESL plan has opened the debate on fan engagement after owners Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham signed up for a separatist league without consultation.
The review will look at ownership models, including those used in Germany, where the 50 + 1 rule means clubs cannot play in the Bundesliga if a commercial investor owns more than 49% of the stake.
It will also examine whether an independent regulator might be needed to prevent wealthier individuals from shaping the sport for their own benefit.
The BWFCST is now asking more Bolton fans to sign to ensure they have a stronger voice in the management of their club and football in general.
A statement released by the trust last night said: “Football saw a real ‘turning point’ this week when 12 of the world’s most powerful clubs announced they would form a European Super League. Such is the arrogance of many club owners these days that they undoubtedly thought this was a done deal and would be obediently accepted by all parties involved. Fortunately for the beautiful game, what followed was one of the biggest revolts in the history of the sport. It was when Goliath faced David and lost.
“Although opposed by all sections of society and even by the government which said it would do whatever is necessary to prevent it, the deciding factor was surely the overwhelming response from the fans who made it very clear their point of view. Universal opposition to this forced the clubs to turn massively as they retreated one by one, leaving ESL’s plans in tatters.
“It has been a huge wake-up call for the football community, aware of a program that would have left all but the richest and most powerful clubs impoverished had it been allowed to continue.
“The good thing that has come out of this, however, is the launch of the long-awaited review of fan-led government, which will be an in-depth investigation into all matters of football governance, including ownership and financial models. , and will put fans at heart. of its deliberations. The FSA, of which the BWFCST is an active affiliate member, issued a statement welcoming the government’s action after years of simply talking about the review.
“Fan trusts and associations across the country have worked tirelessly for years in conjunction with the FSA to push for football governance to be properly scrutinized. Many clubs have suffered tremendously from poor owners and lack of control over how they are run and unfortunately some have ceased to exist, so we are delighted that this review is finally underway.
“However, this is only the beginning of the battle and we need your help and support to continue the fight and play a proactive role in the debate and how any future legislation will be shaped. To do this, we need you to take action to ensure that you are fully discharged members of your BWFCST by reinstating your annual subscriptions or signing up for the first time. ”
For more information on joining the trust, click here.