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Petition calls for halt to new Policing Bill

Almost 60,000 people have signed a petition started by human rights group Liberty to stop the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill becoming law.

‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ – Did you know about the 50-year ban on women’s football?

This year is an historic one for the women’s game, marking 100 years since the FA banned women’s football from its clubs’ stadiums in 1921. The ban was overturned in 1971 – meaning 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the FA righting that wrong.

Bangla Bantams drive creates football facilities for all fans

Supporters’ group the Bangla Bantams are developing new facilities in the shadow of Valley Parade which will benefit all supporters – from kids in the community and grassroots football to fans who’ve travelled across the country following their team.

#ICYMI: Schnitzer

Germany and Chelsea forward Timo Werner makes his second appearance in our #ICYMI files thanks to this remarkable blunder against Iceland this week. Pundits might surmise that he’ll be disappointed with that. Should do better there.

Fans oppose FIFA’s plans for two-year World Cup cycle

Supporter organisations around the globe have come together to sign a statement condemning FIFA’s plans for a two-year world cup cycle.

Fan-elected directors – who are they and what do they do?

There are many levels of supporter engagement and, close to the top, is the inclusion of suitably skilled fan-elected directors on the boards of football clubs.

#ICYMI: Bazunu

Dublin-born Gavin Bazunu is one to watch for the future if his performance mid-week for the Republic of Ireland is anything to go by. The 19-year-old, on the books at Man City but currently on loan to Portsmouth, denied Cristiano Ronaldo in the tenth minute with a fantastic penalty stop.

Women’s game: fans keen to return for 2021-22 season

More than 86% of supporters we surveyed in the women’s game say they are excited to return to football for their first full season back since the pandemic started in 2020.

End of the all-seater era: Government plans more standing pilots

At the weekend Government ministers confirmed that further standing areas will be coming to the top two divisions before the end of the season – signalling an end to the all-seater era.

UEFA urged to reverse blanket ban on away fans

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) are urging UEFA to reverse their decision to put a blanket ban on away fans at European competition this season – arguing instead for a case-by-case approach.

More must be done about online abuse – players’ union

Research commissioned by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) found there was a 48% increase in unmoderated racist online abuse in the second half of the 2020-21 football season, with 50% of abusive accounts coming from the UK.

Swindon Town sign agreement with fans to mark new era

Swindon Town are the latest club to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their supporters, after forming an agreement with TrustSTFC.

New season: Digital-only ticketing causes delays and frustration

The start of the 2021-22 Premier League season has been marred by significant queues outside turnstiles and problems accessing grounds at clubs who have switched to digital-only ticketing.

ICYMI: Bonneheaded

Ipswich Town were beaten by Cheltenham Town the other night at Whaddon Road, but things could have been different if Macauley Bonne hadn’t thoroughly embarrassed himself with this passage of comical attacking play. Just head it.

FSA chair on his 14 years as an “FA blazer”

Earlier this summer, FSA chair Malcolm Clarke stepped down from his role as supporter representative on the FA council after 14 years – and was replaced by Chris Paouros. Here Malcolm talks about his experiences advocating for fans on the council for all those years…

TapOut: Safer gambling message on screens this season

As a partner of BeGambleAware, the FSA is once again pleased to support the work of the leading safer gambling organisation with the Bet Regret campaign.

FSA Cymru meet football authorities – August 2021

This week, supporter representatives from FSA Cymru met with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and senior figures from the Welsh police to discuss issues impacting Wales fans.

ICYMI: Jong’un

Jong Ajax’s Victor Jensen almost punished some very complacent goalkeeping from ADO Den Haag’s Luuk Koopman on the opening day of the Dutch second division this week. Luckily for Koopman, the Dane made a right pig’s ear of the finish.

Survey: Women at the Match

The FSA’s Fans for Diversity campaign is launching a major survey on women’s fans attitudes on attending football, and is looking for women fans from both the men’s and women’s games to give us their insight. 

Poor access still putting off many disabled fans – survey shows

Around a third of disabled supporters say they have been put off going to the match according to a new national survey of disabled fans.

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