Call for rights for Scottish fans to buy football clubs

By staff writers
October 11, 2013

Scottish Greens say the latest legal obstacles facing the fan buyout of Dunfermline Athletic show that a new deal for Scottish football fans is needed.

A challenge in the courts by the club's former owner threatening the passionate campaign by fans to secure the future of the Pars was thwarted on Friday 11 October - but it was "a close run thing", say activists.

Green MSPs say they will be soon be putting forward changes to the law to give supporters' trusts the first right to buy their local club.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP and sports coach commented: "The latest legal problem reflects decades of poor regulation by the governing bodies and an absence of practical support from politicians.

"Clubs aren't just companies - they're cherished community assets and they need to be treated differently, which is why I'm proposing changes to the law that would put fans at Dunfermline and elsewhere back at the heart of the game."

Among a range of proposals, the Greens will be seeking changes to the forthcoming Government Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill to extend the 'right to buy' powers currently available to communities wanting to take over areas of land to include local football clubs.

The move is likely to be backed by fan groups, including Supporters Direct Scotland, and members of other political parties.

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