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U's take the message to reboot our National game to Parliament 

1 July 2021

Club News

U's take the message to reboot our National game to Parliament 

1 July 2021

Fair Game, which Cambridge United is one of 18 members, took its mission to reboot our national game to the House of Commons today...

Fair Game is seeking 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.

Fair Game believes English football should be reformed based around four principles - sustainability, integrity, transparency and community – and we are working closely with the best minds in academia to develop solutions to the problems the game has.

These include:

  • Long-term protection for the heritage and tradition of clubs
  • Proper fan engagement
  • Equality standards that mean something
  • Stopping clubs spending more than they earn on player wages
  • Fairer redistribution of TV revenue
  • Financial sustainability and transparency

There were speeches from Alison McGovern, the Shadow Minister for Sport and the Labour MP for Wirral South, and the Conservative MP Damian Collins, the former chair of the Department of Media, Culture and Sport Select Committee.

Before former England international and Fair Game ambassador John Scales explained his role; and Phil Young, the chair of the Shakers Community, the owners of Bury AFC, outlined the plight of his club.

The afternoon was rounded off by Fair Game’s experts outlining potential solutions to football’s current woes.

United CEO Ian Mather, who spoke at the event, said, "It was good to engage with MP’s in Westminster today, and to have the support of Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.

"There is a growing sense that radical change to the way football is managed in this country is needed. It is time to reset to make football sustainable for future generations of fans."

Read more about Fair Game and its collective goals by clicking here.

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