Blackburn Rovers fans meet FA over Venky's ownership
Published: 14th Jun 2012 13:57:22
A group of Blackburn Rovers fans is meeting the FA to discuss the running of the club by its owners Venky's.
Blackburn Rovers Action Group (BRAG) planned to present a 400-page document detailing the findings of their inquiry into the running of the club.
The group met Sports Minister Hugh Robertson on Wednesday to discuss its concerns, along with local MPs Jack Straw, Jake Berry and Graham Jones.
The club said it did not wish to comment on the Wembley talks.
Indian owners Venky's bought the club in November 2010 in a £43m deal.
Since then, fans have staged numerous protests against their ownership and management of the Ewood Park club.
At the meeting with Mr Robertson, the group discussed the running of Blackburn Rovers and the regulation of English football clubs in general.
Chairman of BRAG Glen Mullan said they were delighted to hold the talks, but they still wanted assurances from the FA.
"We need to know who owns the club, who is making the decisions and what agent involvement there is.
"We have spent the last 10 months investigating our own football club, and we are now presenting our findings through this document."
He added: "We're not private investigators, we're football fans - we shouldn't have had to take it to this level."
The document includes a petition with 8,000 signatures, asking for the removal of manager Steve Kean and Venky's from the club.
BRAG, which has already met representatives from the Premier League, said it would take the investigation to Uefa and Fifa if neccessary.
Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen, said: "Myself, Jack Straw and Graham Jones are going to write a question list which will be sent to the FA and the Premier League to ask if they will intervene and get these basic questions answered.
"I think it's great that three local MPs, regardless of their political party, have come together to support what is a major community asset for us, which is Blackburn Rovers."
Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League in May after finishing second bottom.
Organisers of a trust set up by Rovers fans claim £2m has been raised in a bid to buy the club from its Indian owners.
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