The Football Association are to introduce new rules which will protect a club’s crest and home kit colours.

Under the new rules, if a club wishes to make a material change to its club crest, or change its recognised home shirt colours, it must undertake a thorough and extensive consultation process with supporters.

"A club must also be able to evidence that a majority of its supporters are in favour of any proposed changes (such as via an independently-run poll of season ticket holders, the club’s Community Benefit Society, and supporters that have attended a certain number of home matches)."

“In the event a club is found to be in breach of the rules,” the FA said. “The FA is able to take appropriate action, such as ordering a club to revert back to a previous crest or home shirt colour combination.

“The aim of the new rules is to put supporters at the heart of the decision-making process regarding these important club heritage matters.

The Football Supporters Association were consulted about the new rules and have welcomed them:

FSA vice chair Tom Greatrex said: “This is a significant step forward in terms of protecting the heritage of our clubs and ensuring supporter consultation is in the FA rules – as playing name changes already are. This wouldn’t have happened without the Fan-led Review and the determination of supporters who’ve continued to make the case for our clubs, which are vital community assets, to be protected.”

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