Day: September 10, 2011

Michael Dye: The Death Of A Football Supporter And Tabloid Values

There will be a sombre mood in the air at The Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon, as the team takes to the field for its home league match against Doncaster Rovers. The death of Cardiff City supporter Michael Dye shortly before the start of Tuesday night’s European Championship qualifier between England and Wales cast am obvious pall over the subsequent discussion of that match and several articles written in the press about Mr Dye since then have reeked of a sadly all too familiar insensitivity on the part of a section of the British press. This behaviour has led to the The Sun being banned from attending this afternoon’s match at The Cardiff City Stadium – the other two newspapers concerned, The Daily Mail and The Daily Star, are understood not to have been attending anyway – and to a flurry of complaints to the Press Complaints Commission from supporters of both Cardiff City and Swansea City. In the immediate aftermath of Mr Dye’s death, facts on what had actually happened were hard to come by and a hastily set up Facebook tribute descended fairly rapidly into a series of small arguments, some of which represented what we could not unreasonably call the very worst of human nature. At first, it was assumed that Mr Dye’s death had come about as the result of fighting between England and Wales...

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A Right Of Reply For Supporters Direct

Last weekend, SJ Maskell wrote on the matter of questions that she felt should be answered by Supporters Direct. They asked for a right of reply and we were glad to agree to it, so here’s their Communications Manager, Kevin Rye, with some responses to the points raised. Following SJ Maskell’s piece Supporters’ Trusts: Some Hard Questions, we were prompted to ask if we could write a response to some of the issues raised in the article. Many of the questions raised were common; how do fans get majority ownership of the ‘big clubs’ (we’re not just talking Premier League, but a clutch of clubs in the Championship straining to get into the top flight)? How can it be ensured that Supporters Direct continues to retain and build its role as the advisors to and representatives of the supporters’ trust movement, and indeed part of the wider movement for reform of football governance? How do supporters’ trusts specifically keep fresh, and retain their role as the spokespeople for the fans? What do supporters’ trusts do to stay relevant when they have no specific role at their club? Since 2000, Supporters Direct has been an organisation that has established supporters’ trusts as the organisation that can play a proper, constructive role, with the bedrock of representation and share ownership where once was only a verbal agreement and a plaque behind...

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