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Statement from Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct response to the Burns Report

Commenting on the report, Suopporters Direct Chief Executive, Phil French, said "With over 100 suporters trust's and 13 Clubs in trust ownership or control we are at a loss to understand why the report has not recomended that a suporters trust representative be given a place at FA Board level given their work promoting corporate governance and financial control. The absence of such a recommendation is glaring, and one we believe will make it very difficult for any reconstituted FA Board to pursue its strategic role of representing the whole of the game's interests effectively. The suggestion that the FA set up a customer panel may be regarded as a step in the right direction, but its limited scope in dealing purely with the regulatory commissionj and not being able to ask any direct questions about individual cases does not suggest anything but a marginal involvement."

Responding to the recommendation on reform of the FA Council, French said "There is a recommendation that the Council "evolve to become more representative of the diverse interests in the game." Whilst we acknowledge that this is a step along from the status quo, we believe the lack of firm proposal to include supporters is a missed opportunity."

Summing up Phil French said "There is a distinct lack of directio and clarity of the role of the FA and the report seems to have glossed over this key question. The Report does refine the management structures and provides some sensible proposals for the introduction of non-executives at Board level. But overall the recommendations are largely cosmetic anmd have not addressed the wider issue of representation. We cannot understand how the report can claim that the FA is the game's governing body and not represent the views of the whole game in any meaningful capacity"

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