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Gary Speed RIP

The FSF and FSF Cymru’s condolences go to the family and friends of Gary Speed, who has died at the age of 42. Cheshire Police confirmed that they found the Wales manager dead at his home in Chester this morning.  There were no suspicious circumstances.The Welsh FA (FAW) said that the tragedy “is a huge loss not only for his family and friends but the nation as a whole.” The FAW have asked that Gary’s family’s privacy is respected during this very sad time.

Gary Speed RIP

The FSF and FSF Cymru’s condolences go to the family and friends of Gary Speed, who has died at the age of 42. Cheshire Police confirmed that they found the Wales manager dead at his home in Chester this morning.  There were no suspicious circumstances.The Welsh FA (FAW) said that the tragedy “is a huge loss not only for his family and friends but the nation as a whole.” The FAW have asked that Gary’s family’s privacy is respected during this very sad time.

And finally… dodgy decision from linesman disallows goal of the season

Back in August we showed Napoli’s Edinson Cavani scoring an unbelievable overhead kick against Barcelona which was disallowed for offside. Can lightening strike twice in the same season? It seems so and Roma’s Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is on the receiving end this time. Even worse, the goal should have stood. Ho ho ho.

FANS’ SURVEY: Kick It Out

Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community campaign this year ran from 13th October to 31st October 2011. Throughout the weeks of action clubs and individuals held activities, events and tournaments to spread the message of inclusion to fans of football. Kick It Out are very keen to know how supporters view their work and would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes of your time to let them know.

Referees launch kids’ education website

Top-flight referees have launched a new website to educate children about decision making and conflict resolution. Get On With The Game uses lessons learnt on the pitch in the Barclays Premier League to address behavioural issues, educating and engaging children on a range of social and emotional issues both in football and everyday life.

And finally… celebration fail

We love it when a player’s celebration makes them look a bit of a daftie and, with that in mind, this week’s And Finally… takes a trip to Brazil. Wing-back Fabio Santos of Vitoria scores a pretty nifty header in his side’s 3-1 win over Criciuma and charges of to celebrate, hurdling the advertising hoardings, before coming to a hedge fit to grace the Grand National. We’ll let you guess what happens next.

Blatter: Racism should be settled with a handshake

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed that football has no problem with racism on the pitch and said that any problems should be settled with a handshake. But his lax attitude to racist abuse has drawn criticism from those inside and outside the game. Professional Footballers’ Association boss Gordon Taylor and sports minister Hugh Robertson have both called for Blatter to resign.Speaking to CNN World Sport Blatter was asked if he thought on-field racism was a problem: “I would deny it. There is no racism. There is maybe one of the players towards another – he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one.

Credit to clubs for South Yorkshire ticket treat

Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers have announced reduced ticket prices for this Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell. A reciprocal agreement will also see both sets of fans benefit in the return fixture to take place at the Keepmoat Stadium in six weeks time on January 2nd 2012.

Hammers fans demand Olympic Stadium ballot

A group of West Ham United fans have demanded the club’s hierarchy conduct a ballot of season ticket holders and members to determine whether the Hammers should move to the Olympic Stadium. WHU’s View is open to fans who back or oppose the move and its sole purpose is to secure the right for fans to vote on the move. Hammers fans can register their support here.

Ashley decision is grounds for complaint

Newcastle United fans have once again reacted with anger to chairman Mike Ashley’s latest plans to rename St James’ Park. The spectre of the Magpies playing at a newly-named ‘Sports Direct Arena’ has drawn almost unanimous criticism from fans of the club – and not for the first time. Back in 2009 and 2010 similar plans were panned by fans.

Wembley architect: Safe standing is no problem

One of the world’s leading stadium architects has backed safe standing and stated it can be done “without any problems at all”. John Barrow is senior principal at renowned architects Populous and played a key role in designing Wembley Stadium. The firm also designed stadiums for Euro 2004 as well as Soccer City in Johannesburg which hosted the 2010 World Cup final.Barrow made the comments while speaking at the International Football Arena conference, an event described by the Financial Times as “an annual conference for the unseen rich men who run football”.

Poppies don’t appeal to FIFA

Since publication of this story on 7th November FIFA has agreed to a compromise. Home nations players will be permitted to wear a black armband with a poppy stitched on (9th November 2011).

Poppies don’t appeal to FIFA

FIFA has told the English and Welsh FAs that their national sides cannot wear poppies in the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Norway. International football’s governing body ruled the poppy out and say that players’ equipment “should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages”.

Bluebirds walk out in show of solidarity

Almost 100 Cardiff City supporters walked out of their team’s match at Leeds United’s Elland Road on Saturday in protest at the treatment of fellow fans, according to reports from Cardiff City Supporters’ Club (CCSC). A number of Bluebirds supporters had already been ejected from the away end by stewards for persistent standing before scores of fellow fans said enough is enough and walked out in protest. The show of solidarity among supporters grew from a sense of unfairness and resentment – unfairness at how they say they were being treated differently from home fans and resentment at the ticket cost, kick-off time, and enforced travel arrangements. Seeing fellow fans singled out and slung out for standing was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many.

FSF Southern Division meeting (Sunday 13th November)

The next meeting of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Southern Division will take place on Sunday 13th November (12 noon for 12.30pm start) at Leyton Orient (Brisbane Road, E10 5NF). Head to the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, the entrance is on Oliver Road, alongside the ground’s main entrance.

Average top-flight player now earns £1m+ pre-bonus

The average top-flight football player now earns 34 times the average national wage compared to only two and a half times the average in the mid-80s, according to figures obtained by Sporting Intelligence from the Professional Footballers Association.

And finally… Poor old Mick McCarthy

Poor old Mick McCarthy. After a bright start to the season the results have turned for the Wolves manager, and the boo-boys are starting to get on his back. It seems like everyone’s against him these days. Even imaginary people are out to spook him. Sounds ridiculous? We can’t get enough of this clip, where he is scared by literally nothing.

Q&A with Kick It Out Ambassador Earl Barrett

The issue of racism has been brought back into the spotlight in the past week with investigations into allegations of racist comments made by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s John Terry. All of this is occurring against the backdrop of Kick It Out’s ‘One Game, One Community’ weeks of action, which run until the 31st October.

Keeper turns back on pen in protest

If you were Romanian side Vointa Sibiu’s manager you wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Away keeper Remus Danalache was so incensed at the ref’s decision to award a penalty to Petrolul that he turned his back on the resulting penalty in protest. Two teammates had already been sent off and the other eight outfield players had stormed off in a huff. The ref made Petrolul take the spot kick again and guess what Danalache did for an encore?

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