Saturday 24 April 2021

Sales Pitch

Moving football clubs to majority ownership by their supporters ought not now to prove too difficult, since as assets as they have become unsaleable. After this week, then why would anyone buy them?

"You will own this global brand, of course, but it won't mean anything like what you are thinking. Of the hundreds of millions of fans, if the tiny proportion that lived within an hour of the ground took to the streets to demand the last word, then they would always get it, even if the Government had to promise to legislate in order to give it to them."

That is not much of a prospectus. State purchase of 50 per cent plus one, leading to the immediate transfer of control of that stake to the season ticket holders, would now be a formality.

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