Yesterday, HCST Chairman Geoff Bielby attended a very positive inaugural meeting with senior executives of the Premier League including Richard Scudamore, the league’s Chief Executive.
Fans of all 20 Premier League clubs were represented at the meeting and there were also delegates from the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Supporters Direct in attendance. Similar meetings are to be held twice a year in addition to separate working groups being established to deal with specific issues.
It was clear at the meeting that Hull City are out of step with other PL Clubs on meaningful fan engagement, which is now expected at all clubs following the recent findings of the government Expert Working Group. Much work still has to be done but HCST will continue to work with The Premier League, FSF and Supporters Direct to ensure Hull City Fans are properly represented.
As has been well publicised already, concessionary discounts for the young and old must be available as a Premier League rule. The Premier League confirmed however that Hull City do not accept they should have to comply with this rule. This remains an ongoing issue between the Premier League and the club. It appears likely that the club will attempt to press ahead without concessions while the matter is resolved, which may not be imminent.
The FSF have also provided an article about the meeting. This can be found by clicking here.