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UPDATE: Reds become eighth club to sign up to Fair Game

Stanley have joined Fair Game to help tackle sustainability, integrity and community issues

25 May 2021

Accrington Stanley have today become the eighth team to join the coalition of football clubs working together to improve governance of football in England and Wales.

Stanley have signed up to Fair Game, which already boasts AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Exeter City, Grimsby Town, Luton Town and Newport County as members.

The group will be working together to find long-term solutions to governance structures, tackling sustainability, integrity and community issues currently in the game.

The coalition of clubs seek to influence and work with the Government's fan-led review, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, to ensure the opportunity for fair, lasting change is taken.

Stanley's Chairman, Andy Holt said: "As one of the smallest clubs in the EFL it is paramount that Accrington Stanley communicate to and listen to their supporters and between the two, build a community club for future generations to enjoy.

"Blowing huge amounts of money to win the 'golden ticket' to the Premier League is putting some clubs into a financial abyss without a thought of what they are doing to the heritage of their community football club.

"Now is an ideal opportunity for change and a chance for the football family to look after its own, right down the football pyramid.

"We want other football clubs to join Accrington Stanley as part of 'Fair Game' and to be part of the future changes to make football for everyone, not just the elite few."

Stanley's Managing Director, David Burgess added: "This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to save the game we love and change the way football operates.

"The demise of the likes of Bury and Macclesfield Town, and the recently proposed European Super League are real wake-up calls.

"The EFL is run by the clubs and it is up to us to step forward and make that difference. But we can only succeed if we come together.

"It is time to put aside our rivalries and for clubs to work together and turn the game that we love into one that is sustainable.

"So today, we are calling on as many clubs to step forward and join us and plot a path that transforms the game and secures the longevity of our clubs and puts fans and the communities they serve first."

To find out more about Fair Game, CLICK HERE!


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