Blues Trust, the supporters organisation for fans of Birmingham City Football Club, wishes to make the following statement following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Club president Carson Yeung.

From the highs of winning the Carling Cup to relegation from the Premier League and the subsequent financial struggles that have followed, the past three years have presented some of the most difficult times in the Club’s history. Despite this, Blues supporters have stuck by the Club and have shown incredible loyalty to the UK based playing and non-playing Club staff throughout.

We hope that today’s verdict marks the beginning of a new era, where we are able to put this troubling period behind us as soon as possible. However, we do appreciate that there will be a period of uncertainty whilst the ultimate ownership of the Club is decided and long-term stability is restored.

Club ownership is coming increasingly under the spotlight, with supporters from many Clubs concerned by the policies implemented by their respective owners. The situation at our Club and at others, including Portsmouth and Swansea, are a stark reminder that Club owners are merely temporary custodians. It is the fans who are the heartbeat behind the team, and it is those fans that end up suffering most during difficult and troubling times.

We believe that there should be greater emphasis and focus across the whole of football on supporter inclusion and involvement at Board level, something that Blues Trust has and will continue to campaign hard for. We believe there has never been a better time to consider the prospect of community share ownership – an initiative we are actively exploring.

At this time, we have no further comments to make.

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