Supporters of second division Belgian side Lierse SK have come together in recent weeks to fundraise and raise awareness around the plight of their football club.
The Lier-based club had been up for sale for some months and with wages going unpaid, supporters group GeelZwart joined together with Yellow Black’s Army and the Lierse Supporters Association to create an initiative called Lierse voor Altijd.
It, in turn, aims to raise funds for specific projects including support of the youth academy, all while uniting supporters and highlighting Lierse SK’s troubles.
On Wednesday, May 9, Lierse voor Altijd will host a supporters evening with author Raf Willems, club legend Eric Van Meir current club captain Frédéric Frans in order to discuss all recent developments. A sports quiz and mini football tournament with BBQ are also being planned later in May.
A takeover of the club from its previous owner to ex-footballer David Nakhid was confirmed late last week, but the club is still waiting on the outcome of a hearing with BAS (the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport), before knowing whether or not it will have a licence to compete next season.
If the club would not succeed in securing its professional football licence for next season, the takeover would collapse and the club would risk going into administration.