SPFL and Celtic '˜try to block new fan involvement laws'

The SPFL and Celtic tried to dissuade the introduction of new laws that would give Scottish football fans a greater say in the running of their clubs, according to The Times.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin

The Parkhead club published a response to the Scottish Government as they attempted to block new proposals over fan involvement. The SPFL initially asked for their own views to be kept secret but were revealed after Celtic said they were “in conjunction” with the league.

The Scottish Government backed the Community Empowerment Bill, which gave fans the right to buy, the right to bid and right to be involved in the running of clubs.

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Celtic submitted a seven-page response where they stated that the matter was for “the clubs and football authorities”, while also claiming the right to bid “would not produce any benefit”.

Scottish football fans groups were disturbed by the attempts to block the legislation, accusing those against the plans of “shutting the door on new ideas”.

The SPFL wouldn’t state why they had asked for their own Holyrood response to be kept confidential, though they tried to defend their stance by insisting a “one-size-fits-all solution” wouldn’t work.

They said: “Everyone at the SPFL recognises that supporters are the lifeblood of Scottish football.

“All clubs will have their own preferred model for engaging with fans. It’s vital that we allow the various models of fan engagement to thrive and that we don’t not damage clubs and the strong bonds with fans in the pursuit of a one-size-fits-all solution.”

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