The Against League 3 campaign issued a Press Release today which is reproduced below.
Since launching our campaign 2 weeks ago, Against League 3 has generated fantastic support from all areas of the national game. AL3 continues to stand against, and offer vocal opposition to the FA Commission’s proposals to introduce ‘B’ teams into the English competitive football pyramid.
Supported by Supporters Direct and The Football Supporters Federation, we have now also received backing from a number of fans groups and supporters trusts from across the country. In addition to this, a number of clubs and chairmen based in lower leagues continue to speak out against the plans.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said: ”The game in this country exists for the enjoyment and benefit of the entire footballing community, whatever the size of the club and its fan-base. For the FA Commission to want to impose such radical and potentially damaging changes to the underpinning football pyramid without so much as a word of consultation with representative supporter groups, such as the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct, is totally unacceptable.”
Spirit of Shankly said, “We are opposed to the formation of a new league and B-teams. It is in solidarity with supporters and clubs further down the league pyramid, that we oppose such changes. We are disappointed and angry, though not surprised, at the lack of consultation and engagement with national supporter organisations or individual trusts. We will be encouraging our members to work closely with the FSF and Supporters Direct and attend their forthcoming Summit. We will discuss a similar protest to the one of June last year, against the football authorities who so willingly try to ignore and exclude us.”
We have now emailed the FA, asking for official recognition of our campaign, and the number of people standing against the proposals. In that email we asked to meet with the FA to talk about our concerns as fan views have not yet been taken into account at any point since the creation of the commission itself.
The correspondence we have received from fans has asked us for organised action. We continue to plan that aspect of our campaign, but we see no reason why the FA would refuse to communicate with us when our aims are essentially the same: we all want to improve the national game.
AL3 is incredibly grateful to all those who have backed our campaign.