Football fans are being exploited. Enough is enough? On football and fan protests.
"A depressing milestone appeared to have been reached in August when Greg Clarke, the Chairman of the Football League, confessed that Coventry City’s owners, Sisu, possessed the funds to sustain the club for the duration of its temporary ground share in Northampton, regardless of whether any fans turned up.
This was an explicit statement from one of the game’s leading authorities that a club’s entire 40,000+ fan base was essentially redundant – and there was nothing he, or they, could do about it. When civil uprisings and revolutions occur, it is usually because civilians feel that authority is weakened or lacking a mandate to rule.
Greg Clarke’s admission couldn’t have shown more vividly how little authority the Football League has over its members. Regardless of the debate over the culpability of the various parties involved in the Coventry stadium dispute, there is no doubt that fans have been left high and dry, wondering who on earth is supposed to be protecting their community’s interests.”