Government needs to support Supporters Direct for the sake of the fans Martin Tiedemann 16th June 2011 Share Tweet During oral questions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics, and Sport, Labour & Co-operative MP Tom Greatrex raised a question about the Premier League’s withdrawal of funding from Supporters Direct, widely covered in the week’s newspapers and the subject of EDM 1909. Fellow Co-operative MP Stella Creasy also questioned the Government’s commitment to making more sports accessible to fans in the same manner in which Supporters Direct serves football fans. Supporters Direct has already expanded to include other sports like rugby and has been working alongside Stella in her Walthamstow constituency on greyhound racing. Given the tenuous reasons for the Premier League’s withdrawal of what is a small amount of money for them, it is crucial that the Government show leadership and stand up for the principles and objectives of Supporters Direct and ensure continued funding. But, yet again, the Coalition failed to convince the public that it is on the side of sports fans. When questioned, ministers failed to support co-operatives that would benefit fans and the communities they come from. Jonathan Reynolds MP pressed Leader of the House Sir George Young at Business questions to ensure Parliamentary time is found for a debate on the future for Supporters Direct. Sir George indicated that he would seek to find time to allow further debate and questions to ministers on the subject. The Co-operative Party is also calling for all MPs to sign up to the Early Day Motion on this issue. Please contact your MP or tweet using #savesupportersdirect. You can watch the debate on Parliament Live.