Poll shows huge support for Greens’ fans’ rights campaign

A poll released by Green MSPs shows overwhelming public support for their ‘right to buy’ proposals for fan ownership of football clubs.

Of those that had a view, 87% of those polled would support fan trusts having right of first refusal if their club came up for sale, or when it went into administration. 72% would support a right to buy your local club for a market value at any point.

Alison Johnstone will lead a debate at Holyrood later this afternoon on community ownership of football, which comes on the back of the successful Hearts deal last week.

The Greens’ ‘Fans First’ campaign will ask fans to register their support at www.fansfirst.org.uk and to tweet @putfansfirst

More details of the proposals can be found in their submission to the Community Empowerment Bill.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian said:

“Fan ownership is a model with huge potential to secure a stronger future for Scottish clubs, and I’m pleased to see that there is huge public support for our proposals. The Scottish Government must act sooner rather than later to find ways to make the route to fan ownership an easier process.

“In many communities it’s our football clubs that bind a place together, which is why fans deserve every opportunity to shape their future. I urge all those who want to see a bright future for Scottish football to sign up to our Fans First campaign and make their views known.”