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Supporters approve sale of player

By John Sinnott

John Akinde
League One Peterborough have already failed with a bid for Akinde

Thousands of football fans have approved a transfer of a player by voting on the internet.

Members of (MFC), who own Ebbsfleet United, have backed the sale of a striker John Akinde for 140,000 to an unnamed club.

Ebbsfleet's chief executive officer David Davis said: "82.3% of 7,452 members who voted said the club should accept the offer.

"We've been given clear instruction to carry out the supporters' wishes."

Davis added: "We do not foresee any problems, however, we cannot comment further until all the necessary steps have been taken to conclude the transfer in an appropriate manner.

"We still cannot say which club or finer points of the deal as all the paperwork needs to be done. It's anticipated all will be well and it'll be done well in time for the transfer deadline."

The website's 30,000 plus members had 48 hours to decide whether the club sell the highly rated 19-year-old striker, who has played fewer than 20 games for Ebbsfleet.

He has already been watched by Chelsea scouts and the club have turned down an offer for Akinde from League One side Peterborough.

The non-league side's manager Liam Daish and board has recommended the striker should be sold to allow him to play at a higher level.

Players who have recently turned professional like Akinde are unlikely to be earning more than 200 a week.

"It's quite historic," MFC founder Will Brooks told BBC Sport.

"The summer has been full of talk about Gareth Barry and Cristiano Ronaldo, but this transfer allows fans to have a say in whether it is right for the club."

Earlier this year, more than 20,000 MyFootballClub members, who had each paid 35 to provide a 700,000 takeover pot, took control of Ebbsfleet, with each fan receiving an equal share in the club.

Since then, members have voted on a number of major decisions affecting the club, including the price of season-tickets, but this is the first time a transfer will be decided by the team's fans.

MFC's membership now stands at more than 30,000 people, with members living in 122 countries.

"It has become very apparent that members are taking the responsibility of ownership very seriously and considering decisions made so far," said Davis.

In July, MFC members helped raised 20,000 to enable Daish to buy striker Michael Gash from Cambridge.

see also
Striker Gash seals Ebbsfleet move
26 Jul 08 |  Ebbsfleet
Fleet boss issues Akinde warning
21 Jul 08 |  Ebbsfleet
Fans' website to seal Fleet deal
19 Feb 08 |  Ebbsfleet
Fan website agrees club takeover
13 Nov 07 |  Ebbsfleet
Fans close in on club takeover
02 Aug 07 |  Football

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