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Scottish supporters seek football overhaul

Celtic supporters at the recent league clash with Motherwell
Supporters are seeking change, according to the survey

Scottish football fans are fed up watching their clubs playing each other four times a season, according to a survey of supporters' trusts.

More than 1,300 fans from across 31 trusts in Scotland told the Supporters Direct survey that they want the league structure to be overhauled.

And 83% of those surveyed said teams should play each other twice a season.

"Fans feel disenchanted and disempowered by the current set-up," said Supporters Direct's James Proctor.

Of those who took part in the online survey, 13% said they would prefer sides to play each other three times a season and 4% said they were happy with the status quo.

Fans are passionate and committed to the game but want to see significant improvement in how it is organised and run

Supporters Direct's James Proctor

Five out of every six fans, the three-week survey found, would prefer a pyramid league structure with promotion and relegation below the Scottish Football League.

And 90% would also like to see a streamlined administration with one body organising and running the professional game.

In addition, 91% of respondents felt that fans were powerless to influence decisions and would like to see greater fan involvement in the running of the game.

The findings come ahead of the publication of the Scottish Football Review on Friday, chaired by the former First Minister Henry McLeish, which is expected to call for a major shake-up.

Proctor said supporters were keen to improve the game in Scotland, but felt their voices were not being heard.

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"With the publication of the Henry McLeish report imminent, the message to football's hierarchy is that fans are passionate and committed to the game but want to see significant improvement in how it is organised and run," he said.

"They have also stated powerfully that they want to be involved in those discussions."

Among other things, the Scottish Football Review is understood to call for £500m of investment in football facilities and infrastructure, a football academy to nurture top youth talent and professional clubs being properly audited to show how they spend the public money they receive.

The first part of the review will be published on Friday.



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see also
Call for overhaul at Scottish FA
20 Apr 10 |  Scotland
Smith stepping down from SFA role
19 Apr 10 |  Scotland
Scots fans asked to assist review
13 May 09 |  Scotland
McLeish 'faces Scots revamp test'
26 Feb 09 |  Football
McLeish to chair football review
25 Feb 09 |  Football


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