The government is also said to be looking at an overhaul of the governance of football.The Conservatives dismissed the proposals as a "gimmick" ahead of the general election, which is expected to be on 6 May.Shadow sports minister Hugh Robertson said there were easier ways of increasing supporter influence in clubs such as by insisting on all clubs having at least one director to represent supporters.
"After 13 years of inactivity by the government on this issue this has all the hallmarks of a pre-election gimmick," said 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.Dave Boyle, chief executive of Supporters Direct - the group that promotes fan ownership of football clubs, welcomed the discussions at party level.
He said: "The two parties - one of which will form the basis of the next government - both agree fans should have a stake in the clubs they support and are pledged to work to make it happen.That's great news for the trust movement and long-overdue recognition that clubs aren't businesses like any other.We look forward to the next government - whoever it is - putting fans at the heart of the game and we will work with them to make it happen."
Liberal Democrat shadow culture, media and sport secretary, Don Foster said: "Supporter ownership is a nice idea but will be nothing more than a pipe dream for most fans.We urgently need a radical overhaul of the FA to better represent supporters and act in the interests of the game.Ministers need to promise to look at other issues of desperate importance to fans, like ticket prices, safe standing and facilities for disabled supporters."