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Liverpool saga rumbles on and our heads hurt

The Liverpool saga rumbles on and our heads hurt. The ownership of one of the greatest names in world football has descended to this – a complete and utter shambles. And, as with Portsmouth, the Premier League allowed it to develop right under their nose as they are “owner model neutral”.

German fans rally to protect fan culture

Thousands of German football fans came together on Saturday in a mass demonstration to make clear their opposition to rising ticket prices and the commercialisation of the game. The peaceful protest, titled Zum Erhalt der Fankultur (For the Protection of Fan Culture), was attended by fans of approximately 50 different clubs and an estimated 6,000 attendance was claimed by organisers.

Do Stockport’s unique numbers SCAN?

Stockport County will approach the FA and the Football League to request permission to introduce a new player numbering scheme. The plans, drawn up by Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative, would see every player to have appeared for the club in its history given a unique appearance number.

The best goal ever?

The ‘best goal ever’ might be some boast, but then this is some goal. Matt Burrows of Northern Irish club Glentoran has become an instant worldwide star thanks to this last minute winner against Portadown in their recent Carling Premiership clash.

“Hooligan” stats just don’t add up

Today’s news that incidents of football hooliganism involving younger fans have almost trebled in the past three years will be news to most football fans. In fact, we suspect most will file this “news” under the category “rubbish”. It doesn’t tally with most supporters’ experience of going to games, and it certainly isn’t backed up by the stats.

The FSF goes underground

What started off as an idle joke on the FSF’s Facebook page became a full blown crusade to convert all 303 London Underground and Docklands Light Railway stations to a football theme. Somehow we managed to do it, and so it takes pride of place as the centre spread in The Football Supporter 023, which is out now.

Fan solidarity “too political” say Leicester

A group of Leicester City supporters who backed a campaign by rival Scunthorpe fans have astonishingly been silenced by their own club. Keep Scunthorpe Standing, launched to protect and retain the standing area at Glanford Park, was given whole-hearted backing by Foxes fans’ group the Fosse Boys during their team’s 3-1 home victory over the Iron on Saturday (see pic). What should be an entirely positive story – one set of fans back another’s campaign in a show of supporter solidarity – unfortunately left a bitter taste as Leicester City’s hierarchy thought differently and instructed stewards to remove the banners. The decision has gone down like a lead balloon amongst many Foxes fans who resent the suppression of legitimate fans’ views.

The Football Supporter 023 – out now!

The dark nights are closing in and The Football Supporter 023 (tfs) welcomes them like a long lost friend. Summer World Cup or not, when all is said and done, football is a winter sport at its heart of hearts. So we command – let there be floodlight.

FIFA implement new international transfer system

From today all international football transfers will have to be registered through Fifa’s newly implemented online Transfer Matching System (TMS) which requires both clubs involved in any transfer to verify themselves, the fee and any third parties. In July 2009 the Financial Action Task Force claimed that transfers were potentially football’s weak point in the battle against financial crime.

Premier League challenges Murphy’s law

An appeal to the European courts by a Portsmouth landlady over whether it is legal to show foreign TV channels broadcasting Premier League games is to be heard on Tuesday 5th October. While the sight of Premier League matches being broadcast in pubs at 3pm on a Saturday is a common one across the UK the practice is, at present, illegal.

Jeepers Keepers 2

A few weeks back we linked to the sorry tale of FAR Rabat’s Khalid Askri who became a Youtube sensation for his penalty save celebration. The only problem being the ball actually spun over the line while he was facing the opposite direction.

FSF ‘just the ticket’ for Man United fan

The FSF’s work doesn’t just involve high-level meetings with the game’s governing bodies, it’s individual casework with fans that really makes us tick. Just one example from many in our heavy workload since the season began is the story of James, a Manchester United fan, who got in touch with us in late August.

Keep Scunthorpe Standing

The FSF is leading the Keep Scunthorpe Standing campaign at Scunthorpe United, which aims to retain the standing area at the club’s Glanford Park stadium. The campaign is being launched at this weekend’s home fixture with Ipswich Town, and will continue at Tuesday’s game with Barnsley.

Cheeky own goal

We were tempted to bring you some sublime skills in this week’s …and finally – we thought we’d probably been a bit unfair on the pros in recent weeks, only highlighting their cock-ups and ridiculous clangers, and that perhaps showing you the odd belting goal would do something to redress the balance.

Spirit of Shankly up the ante

Liverpool Supporters Union and FSF afilliate members Spirit of Shankly (SoS) are calling for direct action from Liverpool fans at the club’s two upcoming home fixtures, as they up the ante against the ‘unacceptable’ state of the club’s ownership.

Fans dispel homophobic stereotype

A large-scale study of football’s stakeholders has revealed that the overwhelming majority are "relaxed" about the presence of gay players in the professional leagues; findings which are at odds with the homophobic reputation of the game in this country.

Caen fans show their support… literally

We’ve all shown our support for our team down the years, but have any of us done it as literally as these French fans?

FARE in call for action week against racism

Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) are calling for fans across Europe to get involved in the 11th annual FARE Action Week against racism and discrimination in football. The initiative, which actually runs from 14th to 26th October, is calling on individuals and organisations alike to get involved.

German fans boycott game in price protest

More than 1,500 Borussia Dortmund fans are expected to boycott their club’s away derby with Schalke in protest at their local rivals almost doubling ticket prices – but what might come as a surprise to many British football fans are the actual figures involved.

FSF Cymru issue 25 – Switzerland v Wales

FSF Cymru Issue 25 is out well in time for Wales’ trip to the St Jakob Park  in Basel for their Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland. The booklet, along with our Fans’ Embassy, provides help and support to Wales’ travelling fans.

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