Fans opposed to Wimbledon’s move to Milton Keynes have claimed a moral victory after a new report urged football’s governing bodies to prevent a similar scenario happening again.
Wimbledon will start next season playing at the National Hockey Stadium, but the Football Association and the Football League have promised the Independent Football Commission to try and avoid a similar relocation.
IFC chairman Derek Fraser said: “The IFC has received clear and unequivocal commitments from the Football League and the FA that they will look in detail at the rules relating to the relocation of clubs and seek to prevent the set of circumstances that led to the Wimbledon move developing again.
“The IFC will closely monitor the action taken and looks forward to rule changes being put to both the FA and Football League AGMs in the coming weeks.”
Wimbledon received the green light to leave south London from a commission appointed by the FA last May despite opposition from supporters. They were granted conditional approval by the League this month.
Dave Boyle, spokesman for the Wimbledon Independent Supporters’ Association, said: “The commission has the power to name and shame and that is exactly what they’ve done.
“Both the FA and the Football League were against Wimbledon moving and there is something wrong with our game when it can still be allowed to happen.
“The commission agreed with us that the decision to allow the club to move was fatally flawed. That is a victory for us.”
The IFC is the last point of appeal in complaints the FA, Premier League and Football League have been unable to resolve satisfactorily.
The Football Association and the Football League both refused to comment on the commission’s report.