At 6pm this Thursday, AFC Wimbledon supporter Siobhain McDonagh MP will have a 30 minute Parliamentary debate in the House of Commons on: “Government policy on football governance and the case of AFC Wimbledon”.

The debate is relevant at a time of historic opportunity for change in football. The authorities have in front of them the chance to adopt changes that could make shameful episodes like that of the franchising of Wimbledon FC’s league place, and the current crises engulfing Darlington and Portsmouth and over fifty other clubs since 1992, a thing of the past.

The MP for Mitcham and Morden in the London Borough of Merton, former home of Wimbledon FC, will urge the Government to ensure that any changes to the rules of football currently under consideration by the football authorities will ensure that clubs can’t just ignore the communities they are supported by.

She will also back calls being made by organisation Supporters Direct through its own licensing proposals that to enable this, communities be represented formally in the governance of clubs as part of licence conditions.

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