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Supporters Direct media briefing - 8/8/14

Below is the latest edition of Supporters Direct's media briefing, rounding up the latest news from the Trust movement, sports governance and finance, and beyond.

It includes coverage of the recent Supporters Summit, which LOFT representatives attended.

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  Supporters Direct ICM poll shows that fans "want major reform of football"

Definitive survey demands FA intervention, criticises poor finances, calls for fan involvement in clubs.

In a poll published today by Supporters Direct, and undertaken by leading market research company ICM Research, fans of English clubs have backed Supporters Direct’s call for fan involvement in the ownership of football clubs, with nearly 40% agreeing that football rules need to change to enable it.

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  Cork City FC: A beautiful story, 30 years old
Elected to the League of Ireland on July 1, the year 1984 saw the foundation of Cork City FC. Committed to continuing the long tradition of association football in Cork, City’s traditional colours are green and white with red trim, and the crest is a variant of the Cork coat of arms. Cork City FC have been crowned champions twice (1993 and 2005), as many times as they have won the FAI Cup (1998, 2007) and they have also won the League Cup three times (1988, 1995, 1999).

Today, Cork City FC is challenging for the title – its most successful season to date under the ownership of FORAS. However, this is not the sole reason that keeps the fans excited and Turner’s Cross stands full. It is the relationship the club has with Cork’s local community, the feeling that the club belongs to the people of Cork, and the fact that it’s them to decide who runs their club by electing the members of the Board that only serves to strengthen the connection and identification the supporters have with the club.

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Sports Finance

Debt-ridden Murcia relegated, Mirandés to take their place

Barcelona post €41 million profit and record income of €530 million

Glazers to make £89m from new Manchester United share offer
The Guardian

BSkyB nearing deal for its Sky Europe takeover
City a.m.

Barcelona back collective TV rights in La Liga
City a.m.

Manchester United and Adidas in £750m deal over 10 years

News from Europe

Member-owned Spanish clubs to meet in 'I Encuentro de Fútbol Popular' conference 
Supporters Direct

FARE: Football People small grants launched


Will tiny Luzenac be stopped from continuing their French fairytale?
The Guardian

Trust News

Coventry City & Cardiff City Fans Set To Unite In Protest Over Treatment
Supporters Direct

Hereford United fans team play first fixture
Bulls blog

Arsenal withdraw backing for the once-lauded Fanshare scheme
The Guardian

Supporters want to ‘take back control’ of Blackpool FC

Blackpool gazette

Supporters Direct 

List of links related to Supporters Summit coverage
Supporters Direct

Joint release by the Football Supporters' Federation and Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct

Sports Governance

Crimean clubs to play in Russian second division

Carlo Tavecchio still set for top job in Italian football despite racist comment 
The Guardian

FIFA Reject Calls to Strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

Greg Dyke rules out The FA bidding for future World Cups

Comments and Blogs

Football clubs’ staggering losses
Emily Woodgate - News in English

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