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Fans reckon Jeremy Corbyn wants to nationalise football and help out Arsenal

Fans have joked that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is plotting to nationalise football and help out Arsenal .

The 70-year-old is keen to shake up the football establishment if he gets the keys to No.10 Downing Street.

Corbyn has vowed to give people on the terraces a greater say in how their clubs are run and prise control away from mega-rich owners.

He wants supporters’ trusts to be able to purchase shares when clubs change hands.

The groups can then kick out directors and appoint new ones.

Corbyn is an MP for Islington North and is a diehard Gooner.

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And observers on social media have quipped that this is his masterplan to improve his side’s fortunes.

“Corbyn is Arsenal he wants [Stan] Kroenke out,” read one comment.

“Of course, if Corbyn nationalised the Premiership, Arsenal would have to ‘win’ it every year,” added another.

“You do know Kroenke hasn’t put a penny into Arsenal? Football clubs are turning into businesses that only care for profit not trophies. Corbyn has his flaws but surely you can’t criticise him for this statement,” commented a sympathetic observer.

Another fan quipped about Corbyn’s left-wing credentials.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a massive Arsenal fan

“Corbyn pledges to nationalise football. Looking forward to fixtures like Red Star Chelsea v Lokomotiv Arsenal,” added a third.

A member of the West Ham faithful, who clearly isn’t a fan of life-long socialist Corbyn, joked that he’d love to see the experienced MP in charge of clubs he didn’t like.

“As a West Ham fan,I would heartily endorse the involvement of Mr Corbyn in the running of Arsenal. Come to that I’d be delighted to see him involved in the running of Tottenham, Chelsea or Millwall,” a post read.

Speaking after a meeting with Newcastle fans this week, Corbyn said: “A football club is more than just a club, it is an institution at the heart of our communities. Clubs are part of the social fabric that binds us together.

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“They are too important to be left in the hands of bad owners like Mike Ashley who put their business interests ahead of everything else, marginalise supporters and even put the financial security of clubs at risk.

“Sport must be run in the interests of those who participate in it, follow it and love it, not just for the privileged and wealthy few. We will ensure that supporters have a say over how their club is run and review how fans can have more of a say about how all of our sporting bodies are run.

“Under a Labour government the Premier League riches will be used to invest in grassroots football for the good of all our communities, fans will be protected from rip-off online ticket touts and staff who work at football clubs will get security and a living wage.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/fans-reckon-jeremy-corbyn-wants-20532341

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