BIAS attended the newly formed Unified Football Supporters Organisation (UFSO) Southern Region meeting on 24th February, joining a number of Supporters Groups from the Premier, EFL (Championship, 1st and 2nd Divisions) and National League clubs.
Discussions took place across a wide range of issues, including:
- The new Fan’s Fare initiative (to provide flexibility for rail travel if games are moved at short notice for TV) – Meeting agreed that football supporters need to be included in these discussions and the initiative if approved should cover all football clubs not just Premier League clubs.
- Away day ticket pricing – Meeting agreed that there needs to be a cap on away day ticket pricing for all clubs similar to the one introduced for the Premier League.
- Impact of the ‘red button’ and ‘iFollow’ viewing on attendances for mid-week games, particularly away fans – Meeting discussed if anything can be done to support fans who decide to travel to these games to maintain attendances.
- Late kick off times – more and more games are being moved to late kick off times for TV resulting in away fans not being able to travel home after the game by public transport – Meeting discussed if there is anything that can be done in this regard.
- Proposal for new regulations for Football Clubs discussed in the light of problems encountered by Blackpool, Bolton, Coventry etc. This is being progressed by the UFSO and will be presented to the Football Association (FA) once finalised.
These issues will be discussed further at the forthcoming UFSO Network meetings scheduled in March (these meetings do have constitutional powers and hopefully some of these issues will be progressed to the UFSO National Council for further consideration).
BIAS will be attending the Championship Network Meeting, and we will continue to keep you updated on developments.
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