IMUSA Committee Meeting 08.02.01. O'Briens Stretford.
Aled outlined result of court case relating to his charge of
selling a match ticket outside the Old Trafford. The CPS had wanted a
3yr ban, Aled plead mitigating circumstances (he had sold the ticket
for less than face value on the night of the fuel crisis) and received
an absolute discharge with no costs. Aled thanked IMUSA for their
Paddy Harverson in an interview had insinuated that United had
reached a ceiling in prices of tickets. It was agreed that IMUSA needs
to highlight this point by means of a press release and contact PH
Mark Southee stated Standing Order forms had been sent out to
The problems experienced by Liverpool fans whilst in Athens was
highlighted. Representation to the Home Office had been made, with no
response. United had been approached with a suggestion that fans
accompany officials to destinations in advance of European ties.
Mark Longden to visit grounds in Germany with Safe Standing
campaigners and report back. AW stated that a EDM had been submitted
to parliament and was hopeful in obtaining 30-40 signatures in support
of Safe Standing.
Mark Longden stated IMUSA's position on the merchandising tie up
with the NYY. That being, all additional revenue gained should be used
to the benefit of the team and supporters, in keeping prices down.
Chris Robinson praised IMUSA's "balanced" press release.
Members were concerned with a possible conflict in interests, a shift
in focus away from local fans and the destination of increased
revenue. AW suggested we write to the club highlighting concerns. Mike
Shepherd agreed to draft letter.
Document submitted by JS and PH was discussed. General consensus
was that it was an excellent report, but that amendments needed
making. AW agreed to make changes and add a section on unreserved
seating, before submission to next Fans Forum.
No other business. Next meeting 15.03.01