Labour’s Football Proposals: Playing To The Gallery Or Genuine Change?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Damon says:

    It would be difficult for a political party run by the killer of football to seriously have ANY policy on football. The vast majority of non-Premier League clubs will remember all too well D:Cam’s last impact on the game.

  2. Martin says:

    I wait for OF-FOOT with bated breath :)

  3. I can’t see the above as anything but a non-starter – FIFA’s stance against meddling is, as you say, not dependant on the country in question.

    I fear that any change can only be forced by FIFA and UEFA, and then only when the likes of the Premier League are ready to be saved from themselves.

  4. John says:

    It would help if we had a bit more accuracy.
    twohundredpercents article is dated 29 March 2010 but the Guardian article is dated 28 March 2010 and I first read about it on 26 March 2010

  5. admin says:

    John, The article on The Guardian site appeared at 9.30pm on Sunday 28th March. The article on this site was posted on this site at 12.20am on Monday 29th March (ie, two hours and fifty minutes later). As far as I am aware, the story didn’t appear in the UK press prior to its being reported in The Guardian in Sunday evening. I hope this clears up any, umm, “inaccuracy”.

  6. Micky F says:

    The problem of FIFA throwing their weight around to stymie any government attempts to reform football could easily be countered by a united front from the EU countries. If all EU governments brought in uniform rules for their FA’s and dared Blatter & his cronies to expel them all I’m pretty sure he’d lose his nerve. The prospect of a World Cup without Italy, Spain, England, Germany etc. and the resulting loss of TV revenue & sponsorship should be enough of a threat to call his bluff.

    Whether there is the political will in the EU to take this bold step is another question.

  7. Michael Wood says:

    If you are prepared to allow a intervention in the market that tells a business how to operate you are from the political “left” end of story and the Trust movement should not be ashamed to draw on a rich heritage of socialism.

    One can see the political problems that would give a statement that communities have an ownership of business is left wing, and that is no bad thing.

  8. Wibble Wobble says:

    Who says this is government interference? Doesn’t the Government/us provide millions to The FA every year? And don’t funders generally have the right to ensure their money is being spent appropriately? I would have thought that relevant, and the point that FIFA would regard this as ‘political interference’ as a bit of a red-herring. It’s the tired-old line the Premier League always put out, as most people haven’t had the wherewithall to pick it apart. The real question is what do we want, not is it going to happen, because something will – given the Tories are also making demands for fan-representation.

  1. March 29, 2010

    […] Two Hundred Percent asks if this is “playing to the gallery or genuine change”, and concludes that: In principle these proposals get the thumbs up but, after years of being knocked from pillar to post, football supporters are right to ask questions of anything like this rather than blindly saying, “Right, where do I sign up?”. The issue of it being vote-mongering has to be countered against the fact that there is a groundswell against the current administration of the game in this country and that the only alternative to these proposals would be for them to not be made, and for everything to carry on down the route that it has been following for the last few years. However, there are real concerns to be voiced over party politicising this issue. No-one wants to alienate people from joining or being involved with supporters trusts, and the idea of Labour & The FA lining up against the Conservatives, Sky and the Premier League is not an appealing one. […]

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