Labour in Dundee has backed the Evening Telegraph's Save the Dee! petition. The petition has been signed by Dundee West MP Jim McGovern, Dundee-based MSP Marlyn Glen, Labour Group Leader Councillor Kevin Keenan, Councillor Brian Gordon -a life-long Dundee fan, local Coldside Councillor Mohammed Asif, Labour list candidate Jenny Marra and by myself as Labour's sports spokesperson in Dundee and Dundee City West parliamentary candidate.
We are happy to support the Evening Telegraph's petition. Dundee FC is a Scottish institution never-mind a Dundee institution. It is important for the city that everything is done to ensure that the club keeps going. The punishment given out by the Scottish Football League punishes the Dundee supporters, it does nothing to those who caused the problems. It wasn't the fans who didn't pay the bills. I would like to see the fans owning the club. The Scottish Football League is a membership organisation perhaps they should look to themselves a little more as they allowed the problems at Dundee to come about.
Marlyn Glen and Jim McGovern have raised in the issue of Dundee FC's treatment in their respective parliaments.
I am not a supporter of Dundee FC but it is important that everyone in Dundee gets behind the club in order to save this Dundee institution. I think that Dundee's plight has demonstrated that the benefactor model of football club ownership is past its sell-by date.
You can sign the Save the Dee! petition here.