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Holmesdale Fanatics issue plea to save the soul of the club

As a long standing fan I too hate the way the club is going so good for the Fanatics

Inside Croydon

Their club might be in a fight for its Premier League survival, but devoted Crystal Palace fans have bigger concerns, issuing an impassioned statement this week against the commercialisation of Selhurst Park which “has ripped the soul from the club”.

Fighting for their club's soul: the Holmesdale Fanatics Fighting for their club’s soul: the Holmesdale Fanatics

The statement, from the Holmesdale Fanatics, rejects aspects of an Americanisation of the club’s match presentation.

“Our culture is being sold out in the process,” they state.

In December 2015, American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer bought an 18per cent share of the club with a £50million investment. Harris is also the principal owner of the New Jersey Devils ice hockey franchise and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers, where Blitzer also holds an interest.

At Selhurst Park, the Fanatics have been an essential part of creating a typically old-school football atmosphere, regarded as one of the best among all Premier League…

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