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Labour bid for fans on club boards

Labour has criticised Premier League clubs for their failure to appoint representatives of ordinary supporters to their boards of directors.

Shadow sports minister Clive Efford said that of the 20 top-flight clubs, only Swansea had a member of the Supporters' Trust on the board.

"There are 111 football club directors in the Premier League and too few are there specifically to represent the views of fans," he said.

"Whilst some clubs do have mechanisms for consulting supporters, the boards of directors are where important decisions are made over things that affect supporters such as the cost of tickets and replica kits.

"Clubs must work in partnership with supporters who are the lifeblood of the game."

Labour has said that it will legislate to require clubs to give supporters a greater say in the way they are run.

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