Wolves Fans’ Parliament chairman quits a week into role

The chairman of the Wolves Fans’ Parliament has been forced to resign just a week into the role after sharing material from far-right extremists on social media.

A general view of Molineux home stadium of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (AMA)
A general view of Molineux home stadium of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (AMA)

Glenn Aston was elected at the group’s AGM earlier this month, with his appointment formally announced on Thursday.

But less than 24 hours later he was forced to quit, following an outcry at the views expressed on his Twitter account.

Aston, who has since made his account private, had shared material from a variety of far-right social media accounts, including English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.

One particular retweet compared Joe Biden’s US election win to Adolf Hitler seizing power in Germany, while another questioned the need for a national lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aston had also shared a link to an account Robinson, who is banned from Twitter, was using on the now defunct social network Parler.

A statement yesterday morning from the Fans’ Parliament, which meets regularly with senior Wolves management and acts as a mouthpiece for supporters, confirmed Aston had resigned with immediate effect.

It added: “Members of Fans Parliament would reiterate that we are a diverse body with a commitment to represent all Wolves supporters.”

While hugely embarrassing, the incident also overshadowed the parliament’s decision, also taken at the AGM, to set up a supporters’ trust aimed at giving fans a greater say in the running of the club.

The trust will eventually be merged with the parliament, which currently has around 40 members, creating a larger, more democratic group.

The Fans' Parliament statement continued: “The recent vote to create a supporters’ trust will address many of the issues that have arisen in the last 24 hours, including the opportunity for all supporters to join the trust and stand for election.

“The process of creating the trust is being overseen by the Football Supporters Association, as such we can assure all supporters of a transparent and democratic process going forward.”

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