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Fans’ rights campaigners back FC United’s anti-Sky proposal

Submitted by on November 6, 2012 – 12:37 pmNo Comment

Football fan campaigners have backed FC United supporters’ proposals to rule out subscriptions to Sky TV and other television companies at their potential new ground.

Fans of the club have put forward a resolution to be discussed at FC’s annual general meeting on Thursday, November 8, stating: “That FC United of Manchester funds are not used to pay for Sky TV, or other subscription / pay-per-view
based television channels.”

The resolution has been backed by Ian King, from fans’ website twohundredpercent.net, who recently won the Football Supporters Federation Writers Awards Website Of The Year.

Ian said: “FC United of Manchester is a football club with a unique place in English football, representing everything that is good and strong about the supporter-ownership model, and this in itself is demonstrated by the fact that the club is having an open debate on this very subject.

“Supporters should be warned of how it will be perceived outside of the club itself, and that a vote in favour (of Sky) will be used by those against them for many years to come. It’s your club and your rules, but it is more than possible that it would come at a cost far greater than that of the subscription alone.”

Meanwhile, Kris Stewart, founding chairman of AFC Wimbledon and the man who helped FC United get off the ground as well as appearing at the historic Apollo meeting in 2005, said: “United fans chasing off Murdoch and Sky from their club was one of the great victories football fans have had in the modern game.

“It’s not for me to tell anyone else how to run their club, and I’ll be behind FC come what may. But I’d be gutted if you decided to give that bastard your money.”

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