Football fans could be given the ability to veto changes to club logos and stadiums

Football fans could be given the ability to veto attempts to change their club’s logo or move locations entirely under plans being considered by the Culture Department.

The Telegraph understands that Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, is interested in the proposals as a way of protecting the community links of football clubs. 

Officials are scrutinising whether fans can be given what has been dubbed a "golden share" in their clubs, bringing the ability to block certain controversial changes proposed by owners. 

A fan-led review of football governance is currently being conducted by the Tory MP Tracey Crouch, with recommendations due to be made later this year. 

Any reforms proposed would have to be adopted by the Culture Department, potentially with legal changes secured through Parliament, to come into effect.

Fears over Americanisation of English football 

A well-placed Government source said that Mr Dowden was interested in moves to stop the Americanisation of the club game in England that is feared by some fans. 

It comes after the fierce public backlash to the European Super League (ESL), which saw a dozen football clubs, including six from England, attempt to breakaway to form their own league earlier this year. 

The source said: "Part of the backlash against ESL is this American model that you can just pick something up, move it to another place and drop it down with a business decision.

"Oliver thinks that is not how football clubs in this country work. We have a different approach here. He sees clubs as important to their communities that must be protected. 

‘We have a different approach here’

"We have restrictions on great pieces of art that we don’t just allow to be brought, changed and moved. Shouldn’t football clubs be seen in the same light?" 

Mr Dowden, who led the Government’s intervention to stop the European Super League when it was announced, hinted at support for the changes in a BBC interview last week. 

Giving fans the ability to block changes to logos, relocations – a rarity in English football but common in the NFL, the leading American Football league in the US – or the club’s colours, would likely be backed by supporter groups. 

However, it remains unlikely that the Government will give fans a more impactful veto on changes in club ownership, given the legal complexity and difficulty of implementation.

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