CST Statement on FA Commission Report
"While the Chelsea Supporters Trust believes in the need for reform of player development at a national level in line with the FA Commission’s identification of the deficient number of qualified coaches and grassroots facilities in this country – with the goal of increasing the number of English and home-grown players at professional level – we do not endorse any measures that threaten the integrity of the English footballing pyramid.
In particular, the CST condemns the astonishing lack of supporter consultation undertaken by the FA Commission with neither Supporters Direct nor The Football Supporters’ Federation deemed to be significant stakeholders in the English game and we urge fans to join the upcoming Supporters Summit in London to make their views heard and to debate ways forward acceptable to all."
Fellow Supporters Direct affiliates MUST, Spirit of Shankly, The Blue Union, The Black Scarf Movement representing Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal supporters respectively, as well as the Aston Villa Supporters Trust and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust released joint statements in a press release from Supporters Direct, which can be read here.
More information on the Supporters Summit, which is being held Saturday 26th July at Wembley stadium, can be found here and the CST urges its members, Chelsea supporters and fans of all clubs who feel strongly on the issue of the proposals for a new "League 3" and strategic loan partnerships to attend and make their voices heard.