Supporters in Britain could be given the chance to buy a stake in their club under proposals expected to be included by the Labour party in their forthcoming election manifesto.
The ruling party wants fans to have a bigger say in how clubs are run amid current concerns about debt in football. That could include supporters being offered a chance to buy a 25% stake in a club.
The initiative comes amid increasing concern about the degree of debt at some Premier League clubs; foreign ownership of teams; and the perceived low levels of commitment from shareholders with little affinity with the clubs.
The government is also said to be looking at an overhaul of the way football is run in the UK.
The Conservatives dismissed the proposals as a “gimmick” ahead of the general election.
“After 13 years of inactivity by the government on this issue this has all the hallmarks of a pre-election gimmick,” said shadow sports minister Hugh Robertson Robertson.
“There are massive, massive implications for company law and insolvency law.”
Robertson said changing the rules on governance to increase supporter influence at clubs would be quicker and easier to implement.