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Treatment of football supporters during the covid-19 outbreak

EDM (Early Day Motion) 999: tabled on 12 October 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is opposed to the introduction of a charge of £14.95 per game to view the 150 Premier League matches not part of the existing broadcast deal; notes that these matches are currently being televised free of charge; acknowledges that football is being played behind closed doors due to covid-19 and whilst this may be difficult economically for football clubs it is also an effective way to keep our communities safe; recognises that current measures mean that up to 380,000 match going fans are missing out on seeing their team each week which is reducing their usual social contacts and affecting their mental wellbeing; acknowledges that fans are being asked to pay to view additional games that they are legally prevented from attending; agrees that the introduction of this charge ignores the social, economic and welfare plight of many in our communities, especially those now faced with Tier 3 restrictions; recognises that the introduction of this charge ignores the magnificent initiatives set up by football fans across the country during this pandemic such as foodbank collections, shopping deliveries, PPE production and distribution; agrees that football supporters have been exemplars of public citizenship in their communities during this crisis; calls on the Government to challenge and lobby the Premier League, it’s Member Clubs and the broadcasters to provide access to the 150 fixtures on free to air channels; and further calls on the Government to commence it’s promised fan led review on football governance as a matter of urgency.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 13 October 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 13 October 2020
Harrow East
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Easington
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Leeds East
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Coventry South
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Gateshead
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 October 2020
Strangford
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Islington North
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Denton and Reddish
Spellar, John
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Warley
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2020
Bath
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Streatham
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Ealing, Southall
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Hartlepool
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2020
Leyton and Wanstead
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2020
Cynon Valley
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 15 October 2020
Worthing West
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 October 2020
Twickenham
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2020
West Lancashire
Howarth, Sir George
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2020
Knowsley
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2020
Rochdale
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 19 October 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Hopkins, Rachel
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2020
Luton South
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2020
Norwich South
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 November 2020
North East Fife
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2020
City of Durham
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 5 November 2020
Brighton, Kemptown

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.