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EU adviser: foreign football feeds should be legal

Pubs might soon be able to screen all Premier League games after a ruling by an EU legal adviser. Broadcasters who own the UK rights to Premier League football cannot stop customers watching foreign satellite feeds, according to advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice.

Cheap tickets: Rovers return a fine deal for fans

In these economically tight times fans quite rightly rip into clubs who charge extortionate amounts for match tickets but it’s not all bad news for fans and credit should be given to those clubs who buck the trend. One such example is Doncaster Rovers who not only sell kids’ season tickets at very reasonable prices but have also come up with the innovative Be a Club Scout.

Fans’ groups demand stadium talks

The FSF are backing the calls of Leyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham fans who have demanded a meeting with the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) before it makes its recommendation on the future use of the Olympic Stadium in east London.

Another awful Kevin Muscat tackle

British fans are well aware of Kevin Muscat. The Australian full-back has spent much of his career in the UK playing for Palace, Wolves, Glasgow Rangers, and Millwall. Along the way he also picked up a fearsome (i.e. awful) reputation for endangering other players’ ankles/legs/scalps with his tackling. He now plays for Melbourne Victory down under and recently received a deserved eight-game ban for a shocking tackle. Unbelievably Muscat even had a go at the ref for the straight red that followed. See the incident, which put opposition winger Adrian Zahra out for the rest of season, below.

TV plays havoc with Chelsea fans’ travel plans

The FSF has been contacted by numerous Chelsea supporters upset at the impact of TV rescheduling on their away fixtures, meaning they must go an astounding 16 weeks without an away league match on a weekend.

Belgium: fans to be compensated for late cancellations

Travelling fans in Belgium will be compensated if more than one of their club’s away fixtures falls victim to a late cancellation due to the weather, thanks to a deal negotiated by fans’ group the Supportersfederation Profclubs (SfP). Belgium, as with Britain, has experienced some awful weather in the past few months and some clubs have had as many as three games cancelled.The SfP felt their members’ loyalty to their clubs deserved some recognition and approached the top-flight Jupiler Pro League to see if they would be willing to compensate fans for wasted journeys. Surprisingly, the Jupiler Pro League agreed and a system has been set-up to do just that.

Persistence pays for Bhoy seeking justice

Whenever a fan is on the receiving end of shoddy treatment, be it from their club or the opposition, the police or stewards, the most important quality they can possess in order to guarantee justice is persistence. A fine example of this is a young Celtic fan, we’ll call him John as he understandably wishes to remain anonymous, who got in touch with the Football Supporters’ Federation following his arrest at a pre-season friendly away to Lincoln City. Celtic travelled to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium on Saturday 24th July 2010 for a pre-season friendly and the Scottish side took a healthy support south – at the time Lincoln were managed by Bhoys legend Chris Sutton. It was a hot summer day and after a few early afternoon beers in the sun the away support was rowdy leading a few fans to, in continental fashion, set off flares and smoke bombs.

Fans welcome UEFA ticket ruling

Northern Ireland fans who feared they would miss their country’s game with Serbia through no fault of their own have welcomed a decision by UEFA to allow them into the game. Nigel Worthington’s side faces Serbia in Belgrade in March and UEFA had demanded that the match be played behind closed doors after rioting caused Serbia’s last qualifier against Italy in October to be abandoned just six minutes into the game.However, European football’s governing body has agreed to what Northern Ireland’s fans have described as “the best possible outcome”. The Irish Football Association (IFA) took their fight for the fans to UEFA president Michel Platini and ensured 200 away fans would be allowed into the game.

FSF NW Division meeting (Sunday 13th Feb)

The next meeting of the FSF’s North West and North Wales Division takes place on Sunday 13th February (2pm start) at The Orange Tree Pub, Old Marnket Place, Altrincham, WA14 4DE. The venue is accessible for wheelchair users and non-members of the FSF are more than welcome to attend.

FSF Yorkshire Division meeting (Sunday 23rd Jan)

The next meeting of the FSF’s Yorkshire Division takes place this Sunday 23rd January (12pm start) at Club 39 in Doncaster (First Floor, 39 College Road, DN1 3JH). Club 39 shares its entrance with Sticky Mits Childcare Centre – the entrance is at the junction of College Road and Queensgate, in the Waterdale Centre in Doncaster, opposite the Marathon Gym.

Cup upset in Northern Ireland

We don’t know about you but whenever a cup draw comes on TV there’s always part of us praying that someone will make a hash of it. Lo and behold over in Northern Ireland it’s only gone and happened, check out the first ball that gets drawn. The action takes place live from Windsor Park where the guy somehow gets ball #6 confused with #10. Matters are only made worse when #10 comes out (again). Embarrassing or what?

What is the worst view in football?

When Mark Kennedy got in touch with the FSF complaining of an appalling view during his visit to St Andrew’s to take in Birmingham City v Manchester United it got us thinking – just what is the worst view in domestic football? We’d love to see what examples FSF members have experienced.

Fans say no to Olympic Stadium plans

In December we asked Leyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham fans what they made of the possibility of either Spurs or the Hammers moving into the Olympic Stadium in Straford, East London. The response was overwhelmingly negative with a comfortable majority of both Spurs and West Ham fans opposing plans for their team to move into the Olympic stadium. Yet in a fortnight’s time the little-known Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC) could rewrite the roadmap of domestic football when it recommends who should take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games. The OPLC will select its internal preferred bidder on 28th January which will then likely be ratified by the Government and London Mayor Boris Johnson on 31st March.

Down the tunnel

A high ratio of And Finally… clips seem to originate from South America – we were going to explain why that was before realising we didn’t know and you probably didn’t care. Anyway, the latest comes from Brazil and features a player disappearing into the abyss of a pitch-side tunnel. Watch until the end and he also makes an instantaneous, comedy re-emergence, in a different set of clothes.

FSF Cymru’s Guide to Dublin

The first Carling Nations Cup is set to kick-off on 8th February when Wales travel to the Republic of Ireland and FSF Cymru have been busy as ever producing our first information booklet of 2011. With a new year, a new tournament and a new manager, let’s hope it’s a new start and a bright future for a young Welsh side. The first Carling Nations Cup features Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and hosts of the opening game the Republic of Ireland.

Home Internationals to make a return?

The Football Association is reported to be interested in reviving the Home Internationals tournament. The annual event saw the UK’s four international teams – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – face each other to determine the UK’s top dogs.

More misses than Henry VIII

Last year brought misses galore but 2011 already brings a team effort of such staggering ineptitude that upon viewing even Emile Heskey is reported to have screamed: “How did they miss that?!”. The action comes from Greece where home side Veria scupper five sitters within the space of five seconds. We think three separate players were involved in the misses although following the action is the visual equivalent of herding cats. Lots of cats.

Blatter: 2022 World Cup will be held in winter

Sepp Blatter has today said he “expects” the 2022 World Cup will be staged in winter rather than its traditional June or July slot. The FIFA president is in the Qatari capital Doha ahead of the opening match of the Asian Cup and his latest salvo is bound to cause controversy amongst fans and clubs.

RIP Julie Beattie: Shots’ minute silence for fan

Aldershot Town will tomorrow (Saturday 8th January) hold a minute’s silence before their League Two fixture with Oxford United in memory of Shots fan Julie Beattie who sadly passed away on January 2nd at the age of 49.

Show Racism the Red Card events 2011

While most of us are only used to seeing our team’s players at the game our friends at anti-racist charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) are giving FSF members the chance to attend a Q&A with their heroes. SRtRC was set up in 1996 and uses footballers as positive role models to combat racism.

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