Representatives from BIAS attended the regular EFL Championship and League One fans network meeting on the 16th November, chaired by the FSA along with a number of other supporter groups.
Our discussions covered the impact of the Coronavirus on Football Club finances, and how clubs are dealing with their supporters in terms of season ticket sales and refunds. The FSA are keen to understand how Season Ticket holders have been treated across the EPL and EFL and conducted a survey of fan groups to ensure supporters have been treated fairly in this regard.
The return of fans to Stadiums was also discussed with the FSA outlining the work they have undertaken to date. They have been actively working with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the Professional Leagues, and the FA on all aspects of Safety and how fans can be returned to games. In addition the FSA supported by BIAS and other supporter groups, have been lobbying MPs and the Department of Media, Culture, and Sport on how best the Return of Fans to Stadia can be managed. We will continue to work with the FSA to facilitate the return of fans to stadiums as soon as it is deemed safe to do so, and the situation is changing all the time, but given the current situation with lockdown regulations and guidelines we are unable to say at this time when this will be.
The governance of football continues to be a concern with the FSA continuing to press hard for the “Fans Led Review” of Football Governance as promised by the Government in its’ Election manifesto of December 2019. The impact of the proposed ‘Project Big Picture’ on the football pyramid was also discussed, which further enhances the FSA view that an Independent Statutory Review of Football governance is now urgently required.
Other topics discussed included problems with iFollow including; logging on, refunds, and technical issues during transmission of games and these have passed these onto the EFL for comment.
Many of the above topics are ‘work in progress’, and involve engagement with other areas such as the Premier League, English Football League and Government departments to gain support for change.
Further details of this meeting will be available in due course on the FSA website: http://www.fsf.org.uk/
BIAS is an affiliate member of the FSA and we will continue to do all we can to improve the experience and pleasure of the match day event not only for Brentford supporters but all fans who follow football.
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