Fans have a chance to help shape football

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A petition has been launched this week to put further pressure on the government to implement the recommendations of the Fan-Led review into football governance.

‘Fair Game’ represents a growing band of clubs – of which Carlisle is one – who believe this year represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the game we love for the better.

They have teamed up with the EFL to try to make sure MP Tracey Crouch’s review calling for an independent regulator and fairer redistribution of income becomes a reality.

Two CUOSC board members have worked has advisors for Fair Game, whose campaign now includes a petition that will be sent to Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

They want fans to help by visiting https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-future-of-football and signing.

In his recent update to supporters Blues Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said he backed the review and didn’t want to see it watered down or put on the shelf.

He called on clubs and fans to make their voices heard along with politicians to counter those against change.

Clibbens, supported by CUOSC, believes that regulation must come with a fairer redistribution of income and that the aim must be to make the pyramid system financially sustainable for everyone.

Fair Game wants to incentivise good clubs with distribution based on how well the clubs are run financially.

It is hoped, and looks increasingly likely, that fans will soon be handed a bigger say in football.

CUOSC already hold a 25.4% shareholding in the Blues, have two directors on the clubs boards plus membership of the Football Supporters Association, with its access to government channels.

It costs an adult £10 to join CUOSC for a year and £5 for seniors and under-18s.

Two home draws in the last week show there is still plenty of work to be done as the Blues try to climb up the table.

We may have only earned two points from the clashes with Crawley and Hartlepool but at least it stretched our unbeaten run to five league games.

No one could fault the team for effort in either game but we still lack a bit of sharpness in the opposition penalty area. Boss Keith Millen has admitted he is still active in the transfer market and will no doubt be hoping to address that – with fans hoping he lands his top targets.