PRINCE William declared his backing for grassroots football fans hoping to save the “heart and soul” of their clubs.
Prince William, pictured with Peter Crouch, declared his backing for grassroots football fans hoping to save the ‘heart and soul’ of their clubsCredit: PA
The Duke was told some clubs have an excellent relationship with supporters but others treated fans with “disdain” and “disrespect”.
He asked: “Is that also why you can’t necessarily run a football club like a business?”
“Because you then miss the point that heart and soul and fabric of what a club is, if you’re working to the bottom line that the finances drive everything?”
William hailed the club’s new director Peter Crouch with a fist bump and joked: “The last time I saw you we were having a curry, now you’ve got a proper job!”
In a ruse about matchday entertainment, he said: “Crouchy will do a half time dance!”
Aston Villa fan Wills believes it is vital that the review remains at the front of people’s minds and hopes to boost the voices of the fans he considers central to the future of football.
The review, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, was announced in April 2021 and is intended as a comprehensive examination of the English football system and how to improve it.
It takes in issues of governance, ownership and financial sustainability of clubs across all levels of football, as well as the controversial abandoned European Super League.
In July 2021, an interim set of findings and recommendations were released proposing to grant supporters a ‘golden share’, giving them a veto over the sale of a team’s stadium and changes to a side’s name, badge and kit colours.
The final report is due to be released this autumn.
Prince William watching his beloved Aston Villa at Chelsea this weekCredit: Getty
William was told some clubs have an excellent relationship with supporters but others treated fans with ‘disdain’ and ‘disrespect’Credit: Getty Images – Getty