Grimsby Town FC joins forces with other clubs to establish Fair Game initiative
Grimsby Town FC is among several football clubs in England to join Fair Game, a new initiative which seeks to “reboot football” and “call for change”.
The Mariners have joined clubs such as AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Exeter City, Luton Town and Newport County as founding members of the scheme.
According to the Fair Game website, the scheme seeks to achieve “football governed with fairness, openness and transparency at its core.
“A sport that helps and nourishes the football pyramid, and honours the mantra that football can be a force for good and is at the heart of the community it serves.”
This is the first time that football clubs across the country have joined forces to call for a change in how the national sport is run.
Kristine Green, the Fan Elected Director of Grimsby Town FC, said: “The clock is ticking. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change football for the good.
“The last year has been tough on football and has seen an unprecedented amount of financial pressure put on clubs like ours.
“And we have joined forces with several other ‘like-minded’ clubs through Fair Game to put pressure on the government and the football authorities to deliver real change.
“I am acutely aware of how much our club means to our fans. Long-term security rests with working with our communities.
“As clubs, we need to work together to make that happen and that is why we are endorsing Fair Game.”
Ex-England international and former Liverpool and Tottenham defender John Scales is an ambassador for Fair Game.
He said: “Unlike the European Super League, this is not a breakaway – but it could absolutely be a breakthrough. Fair Game can create an appropriate framework for a sustainable pathway for years to come.
“It’s about fairness and about respect of the fabric of the game that serves communities at every level. If we allow those values to be trampled all over, as we’re seeing ever more regularly, then we’ll lose the game we love.”
Read more about the Fair Game initiative here.