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News Item Date: 02/07/99

Press Release
Coalition of Football Supporters

A new unified body for football fans was launched at a conference in Leicester on Sunday 27th June. The new group was backed by representatives of over sixty football supporters' groups from across the English game including the Football Supporters' Association and the National Federation of Football Supporters' Clubs, numerous independent supporters' groups and fanzines.

Mark Longden, Press Officer for CoFS said:

"The game is facing huge upheaval and change with many clubs threatened with closure and TV companies exerting greater influence over the game. If the interests of supporters are not to be overlooked fans need to speak with one voice, the launch of CoFS will give fans that opportunity."

The group has agreed a charter for football as the basis for its campaigning work, which will be both active and visual, and are asking other groups not yet involved to get behind the campaign for:

The establishment of independent regulation of football to ensure the implementation of the following:

  • the redistribution of wealth, including TV income, within football
  • controls over the type of people who are allowed to own football clubs
  • controls over the activities of PLCs running football clubs
  • ticket prices to be pegged at levels that keep the game accessible to all fans
  • the democratisation of football to give supporters a voice

Kevin Miles, convener of CoFS said:

"Any fans requiring further information should get in touch by ringing:

0113 237 4545 or 07887 575 933"