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Newport County AFC unite with other clubs to form new movement to revolutionise game

21 May 2021

Newport County AFC has joined forces with former England international John Scales and a growing band of football clubs who are demanding radical changes to the governance of our national game.

A powerful new group, called Fair Game, launches today with clubs including the Exiles, Cambridge United, Exeter City, Grimsby Town, Luton Town and AFC Wimbledon already on board.

A further 20 clubs have also expressed support – all seeking to find long-term solutions to the deep-rooted problems that threaten the game’s very survival. 

Among its many priorities, Fair Game will be pushing for independent audits of every football club, a much more vigorous fit and proper person's test - and greater supporter representation on football club boards. 

Newport County AFC chairman Gavin Foxall, Fair Game’s interim chair, said: "Our goals are simple. We want a sport that has integrity, sustainability, independent regulation and community at its heart. 

"This, I believe, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Time is of the essence as Tracey Crouch has announced a fan-led review to address governance of football in the UK.

"If we want to achieve our goals then we need to grasp this moment and join together."

Fair Game ambassador, John Scales, said: "This is not a breakaway – but it’s absolutely a breakthrough.

"Fair Game can empower clubs to have a voice and force through the vital changes that are needed within the game.

"We simply cannot afford to ignore the chaos that is strangling the life out of our beloved game anymore. It needs to be tackled at source, otherwise calamities like Bury and Macclesfield, for example, will become more and more common. 

"Fair Game will tackle head-on the everyday issues that concern us all - such as responsible and appropriate salary levels, parachute payments and the game's entire financial structuring.

"I urge every club in the country to look at our website. Study what Fair Game stands for and if those principles appeal to you, then join us and help re-shape the future of football."

You can find out more about Fair Game by clicking here.

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