Fans Gather For Football Fans’ Parliament13 October 2002

The BBC and Football365 have an article on how more than 200 football fans have gathered in Birmingham, UK to establish a “Fans’ Parliament”. Funded by the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League, the parliament has drawn representatives from 67 football clubs.

Although the main topic of discussion seems to be the financial crisis in English football, fan safety and racism are also on the agenda.

John Monks, who chaired the parliament said, “Worryingly, racism at games is making a comeback both here and on the continent. Football fans have got to stand together to remove this evil menace from our grounds. Going to football should be an experience to be enjoyed by everyone – yet too many black and Asian fans are understandably put off from attending games because of the threat of racist violence and abuse.”