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Consultation on Supporter Involvement in Scottish Football Clubs

Consultation on Supporter Involvement in Scottish Football Clubs

Saturday, September 26, 2015

ISBN: 9781785445293

The Scottish Government is supportive of fans having a greater role in the decision-making and running of their clubs. A commitment to consult on this is contained in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Scottish Government is therefore consulting on a range of options in relation to supporter involvement in its various guises – Right to Influence; Right to Govern; Right to Bid; and Right to Buy.

Executive Summary


The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that Scottish football supporters

have the opportunity to be involved in the decision making and running of their

football club wherever possible. It is for that reason we believe it is important to bring

forward legislation that protects the rights of football fans whilst also enhancing and

strengthening the sustainability of Scottish football clubs.


The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 includes a provision that Scottish Ministers must

consult on a range of different options to enhance supporter involvement in Scottish football clubs.


The views of those responding to the consultation will inform the nature and scope of subsequent regulations to be introduced under these powers by Scottish Ministers.


This consultation seeks to establish the support for each of the main options – a right

to influence, a right to govern, a right to bid, and a right to buy. As and when a preferred option emerges as a result of this consultation, we will undertake further,more detailed and technical consideration to ensure whichever option is pursued is workable and does not result in any unintended consequences.