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Labour promise to give football fans right to have board representation

Labour pledge to introduce new laws that will give fans the chance to have representation on the board of their football club should they win the general election.

The Labour Party has put forward a proposal to allow football fans to have representation on their club's board.

Should Labour win the next general election, laws will be introduced to allow recognised supporters' trusts to appoint and remove a quarter of their club's board.

The proposal, which has been created in a bid to give fans more of a say in how their club is run, will also give supporters the chance to buy up to 10% of their club when a stake of at least 30% is up for sale.

Shadow sports minister Clive Efford is quoted by ITV.com as saying: "I think if fans have got to be listened to when they are discussing and making decisions about the colour of the shirt, the name of the club, whether to move the club 30 miles down the road, whether to put a name on the shirt of a sponsor that the fans might be offended by, or to sell the naming rights to the football ground."

The proposal will be included in Labour's election manifesto.

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