Arsenal Supporters Trust call for fans to protest against owner Stan Kroenke ahead of final game with Brighton

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The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have called for fans to protest against owner Stan Kroenke ahead of Sunday’s final match of the season, against Brighton at Emirates Stadium.

The AST say the “current board is simply not fit for purpose” and are calling for supporters to make their voices heard this weekend.

The AST want fans to spread the message “#KroenkeOut #FansIn” and will be wearing specially designed T-shirts with the slogan on them. They will also have small banners to distribute that people can take to their seats with them.

Arsenal’s involvement in the failed attempt to launch a European Super League last month has been described as a “tipping point” by the Trust.

They add it was “a disgraceful betrayal of the principles the club should, and used to, stand for”.

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The AST have accused the Kroenke family of showing a lack of leadership off the pitch, which they believe has led to Arsenal’s decline on it.

As a result, the AST are calling for four changes that they want enacted going forward:

  1. An ownership structure for Arsenal that allows supporters to acquire shares in the club, reverting to the custodian position that held for 132 years.

  2. A greater say for supporters in how the club is run, with either a ‘50+1’ voting rights model (as in the Bundesliga) or a ‘golden share’ vote for supporters on major structural decisions, such as the decision to join the proposed Super League.

  3. A strong, experienced board of directors that: includes supporter representation, includes at least two truly independent and experienced non-executive directors and is prepared to provide scrutiny and act as a check and balance on the actions of the owners.

  4. Direct engagement between supporters and the owners and board, with meaningful discussion, openness, honesty and transparency.

The AST said: “If Stan Kroenke is not prepared to embrace these changes then we do not believe he is the right owner for Arsenal”.

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