The Duke of Cambridge has shown support for grassroots football fans in the hope of saving their club’s “heart and soul”.
William Dulwich met with Hamlet FC’s new director, former player and former England striker Peter Crouch and lifelong football fans to discuss how the game should run.
After Conservative MP Tracy Crouch spoke of an independent review of the football state led by her fans, FA President Duke asked what could be done to improve matters.
The MP said some clubs have found excellent relationships with supporters but others who “disrespect” and “disrespect” fans, asked: “So you can’t run a football club like a business?
“Because you then miss the point, what is that heart and soul and what is a club, if you work on the bottom line that money runs everything?”
The tour came after Duke was shown a picture of his favorite Aston Villa with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, where they lost in a penalty shoot-out.
He spent more than an hour at South London club Dulwich, famous for his loyal fans and community sentiment, to hear reviews of ongoing fans in football management from fans and players.
The review, chaired by Mrs Crouch, was announced in April 2021 and is a comprehensive examination of the English football system and the purpose of how it can be improved.
It embraces the governance, ownership and financial stability of clubs at all levels of football, as well as the issues of the controversial abandoned European Super League.
In July 2021, when an interim result and recommendation was released, Ms Crouch wrote to then-Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to recommend the introduction of a new “independent regulator for English football” to give it the power to block future European Super Leagues.
It also offered supporters a “golden share”, vetoed a team’s stadium sale and changed the color of a team’s name, badge and kit.
The final report is due to be released this autumn.