UEFA is backing the launch of a project to study the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body – which would, among other things, give supporters the opportunity to play a role in improving the financial stability and governance of their clubs
The project was announced in London on Friday 13th October during a speech to the UK Supporters Direct annual conference by UEFA's director of communications and public affairs William Gaillard. United Kingdom sports minister Richard Caborn also spoke at the conference.
The process will study the possibility of taking the supporters direct model used in the UK, where supporters' trusts own a growing number of clubs, with a view to assessing to what extent this model could be expanded across Europe, as well as studying the different alternative models that exist around Europe.
"One of the main recommendations to the European football authorities of the José Luis Arnaut Independent European Sport Review – initiated by the UK presidency of the European Union in 2005 – was to examine the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body," said Gaillard. "I am pleased to announce today the start of that process. If the results are conclusive we will soon be dealing with a European Supporters Direct body that would represent fans' views from right across Europe.
"Football fans are a key stakeholder group in football and it is important that we have a representative partner at European level with whom we can have positive discourse," he continued. "I am therefore very optimistic that the outcome of the study will be successful. Football is the people's game and at UEFA we want to keep it that way."….