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Supporters Direct Statement: Deloitte Money League
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24/01/2013

For immediate release

Chief Executive of Supporters Direct, David Lampitt, today commented on the publication of the Deloitte Money League.

“This year’s Money League report demonstrates the continued power of the cabal of elite European clubs, with the value of broadcasting and commercial rights contributing to significant increases in the earnings of this group.

“Whilst this growth is a considerable achievement in a testing economic environment, it masks some of the more concerning aspects of football’s financial situation, namely: the growing polarisation between the wealthiest clubs and the rest of the football pyramid; the lack of focus on sustainability; the uneven distribution of football’s financial resources; the disconnect between clubs and fans, as recently demonstrated by the issue of away ticket pricing in England.

“Football must not forget that it is ultimately supporters who sustain the game economically – whether through the turnstile or their TV subscription – as well as culturally and emotionally. If clubs are earning more, then that should mean that football becomes more affordable and accessible for all fans, as the furore over the cost of away tickets shows.

“This season has demonstrated that sustainability and affordability do not have to come at the expense of success. Whether it’s Swansea City’s recent achievements, or the success of Bundesliga clubs in Europe, it’s clear that fan involvement works.”

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