An Independent Football Regulator is supporters’ ‘Bosman Rule’ moment and will change the sport’s landscape forever

Football supporters demonstrate against the proposed European Super League outside of Stamford Bridge football stadium in London on April 20, 2021, ahead of the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion. - The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the proposed European Super League "unanimously and vigorously rejected" the plans at an emergency meeting on Tuesday. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the English clubs involved
Supporters demonstrated against the proposed European Super League outside Stamford Bridge in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Don’t let anyone tell you that football fans are customers. They are not. If a football fan doesn’t like the service their local supermarket is providing, if the quality dips, if prices become too high, if controversial owners take it over, they can shop elsewhere.

If their favourite football team start playing poorly, if they hike up ticket prices, if they’re taken over by questionable owners, in theory they could start supporting another team. But in reality, football fandom doesn’t really work like that. It’s culturally different.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.