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Jeremy Corbyn: I’ll give fans a say in how football is run

Pledge: Mr Corbyn with charity shirt PICTURE: PA

JEREMY CORBYN has pledged to shake up how football is run, saying clubs are ‘too important to be left in the hands of bad owners’.

He criticised Newcastle United’s owner, Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley, as he met members of the Ashley Out campaign in the city on Saturday.

The Labour leader wants supporters’ trusts to be able to buy shares when clubs change hands, and appoint board members. Premier League sides would have to pay in to to grassroots football.

‘A football club is more than just a club; it is an institution at the heart of our communities,’ Mr Corbyn said.

‘They are too important to be left in the hands of bad owners like Mike Ashley who put their business interests ahead of everything else.’

Handed a charity shirt, he praised fan schemes to support food banks, and urged clubs to pay living wages.