Sports Letter: Protect the fans

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The Independent Online
Sir: Largely because of the irresponsible behaviour of one man, chairman Mark Goldberg, Crystal Palace's future is under threat. His cavalier handling of Palace's finances has seen them go into administration and many of the best players leave.

The Football League's response has been to tell Palace they cannot start next season if they are not out of administration by 31 July. Have the League given any thought to the fans (and there were more than 16,000 of us at virtually every home match last season)? Should the League not protect us from people like Goldberg rather than punish us, as if the financial crisis was our fault?