Posted Thursday 12th April 2012
In response to messages and emails from individual members in respect of current SPL matters, including the voting structure and financial fair play, we thought it appropriate to inform all members of our position and actions to date:
ArabTRUST has representation in the Boardroom of Dundee United, so as a supporters' group we are in a unique position to be kept fully informed of and indeed, where possible, influence, the policy of the Club.
Our position has always been that we fully support the introduction of stringent and pro-active financial fair play rules and support moves to make the SPL more democratic.
We believe that the majority of our members and indeed United supporters, would agree with any measures which would help prevent the difficulties experienced at Dundee FC, Motherwell, Livingston, Gretna and now Glasgow Rangers and the ongoing situation at Hearts.
You may be aware that strict financial fair play rules were called for in the Supporters Direct 'Fan's Plan' which came about from a survey of Scottish Trusts last year (well before, for example, Rangers went into administration). Unfortunately this did not attract much attention at the time, but now of course appears prophetic. Details of the fans' plan can be found on the Supporters Direct website.
We will reinforce these views and discuss the new developments announced this week with Chairman Stephen Thompson at an early meeting. We have also asked Supporters Direct to raise the matter at a meeting with Neil Doncaster and Stuart Regan which is scheduled for later this month as we believe a collective approach on these issues carries more weight.
We think it is fair to say that these individuals are well aware that the vast majority of Scottish football supporters do not wish to see any club receive preferential treatment with regard to financial fair play or in facing the consequences of any breaches in the rules.
In the meantime, should any of our members wish to express their views, please do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and we will continue to ensure that the Club is made aware of these.
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