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European Football Supporters Award 2011

As you should know the Football Supporters’ Federation rejects all forms of violence be they verbal or physical. With that in mind we thought it worth spreading news of the European Football Supporters Award 2011 around our members. Especially as there’s a €6,000 prize to go with it.

One Game, One Community 2011

Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community kicked off yesterday and runs from 13th-31st October. It remains one of the most highly visible community and social inclusion campaigns in the world and will see teams across the continent take a united stand against discrimination within football.

Net profit for lucky Spaniards

And you thought nets were meant to have holes in? A dodgy decision in Spain’s Tercera División Group 1 (that’s the fourth tier fact-fans). With the score at 0-0 Alondras’ number seven leaps like a salmon to send the ball looping into the Pontevedra net. Goooaaall! Except something goes badly wrong.

Government tells football to listen to supporters

The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has today published its response to the select committee report into football governance.

Liverpool: Let us sell TV rights

Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre has said the club should be able to sell its own overseas TV rights – a move which would end the “collective agreement” between all 20 Premier League clubs. Ayre believes the current set-up is “disadvantaging” English clubs as Spanish clubs, such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, can sell rights individually.

Live stream: watch Speed/Ramsey

In a first for FSF Cmyru we are very happy to announce that on Thursday 6th October (1.30pm) we will live stream the pre-match press conference with Gary Speed and Aaron Ramsey. The team face a busy few days in the latest round of Euro 2012 qualifiers with a home game against Switzerland on 7th October and a trip to Sofia (Bulgaria) four days later.

Free Lions 117 – Montenegro v England

Edition 117 of Free Lions will be distributed in Podgorica before Friday’s match by members of the FSF Fans’ Embassy. As ever we’ve included all the information you could need to know to make sure your trip to Montenegro goes to plan. From stadium information to local dos and don’ts, it’s all there.

Snoop Dogg is a Bluebird

Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has taken to wearing a Cardiff City shirt to promote an upcoming gig in the city. Sporting a Bluebirds shirt Snoop praises his Welsh "homeboy" Ian Neale who is waiting on confirmation that his 85lb swede is the world’s biggest (Tomas Brolin notwithstanding). Snoop apparently grows his own special vegetation too…

Euro court rules against Premier League in TV dispute

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against the Premier League in a crucial TV dispute. The ECJ’s decision means that the Premier League can no longer sell top-flight football’s TV packages at different rates in different countries. Instead one pan-European price is likely to be set meaning a possible reduction for subscribers in the UK.

Ferguson has no sympathy for “the devil” that is TV

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded TV “the devil” and said broadcasters have too much control over football’s fixture lists. Speaking to BBC North West Tonight Ferguson said clubs did not have enough say when it came to arranging games and claimed the top sides lose out.

Player scores header from his own half

There are some things you genuinely think you will never see in football and a player scoring a HEADER from his own half is one. Unreal. Jone Samuelsen of Odd Grenland (Norway), we salute you.


We all know South Americans go to ground easily, even after the lightest of touches. So, while we certainly don’t condone people throwing things onto the pitch, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Paraguayan linesman (yes, we said linesman) Milciades Saldivar on the deck after being hit by a projectile. But what causes him such agony? A coin? Or glass bottle? Errr, not quite.

FSF Cymru’s Guide to Sofia

Wales travel to Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday 11th October 2011 for our final Euro 2012 qualifier. If you are planning on making the trip see below for FSF Cymru’s Guide to Sofia and the Vasil Levski Stadium. We have contact with the British Embassy and Welsh police, please ring the FSF Cymru helpline if you need assistance +44905 861848 during your trip.

Fans Reunited over Argyle troubles

Fans from across the country will travel to Home Park this Saturday 24th September to show solidarity with supporters of struggling Plymouth Argyle. The Pilgrims are in dire financial straits with players going unpaid and supporters genuinely fearful that the club’s administrator will not find a buyer, which could spell disaster. “The imminent danger of liquidation is a daily reality at Home Park,” say Save Argyle/Fans Reunited.

NLD 2011 “a big success”

The brainchild of a few fans, Non-League Day emerged blinking into the sunlight in 2010 and proved a great success. Timed to coincide with September’s international weekend when many fans are at a loose end, NLD encourages supporters to get along and explore their local non-league clubs. It’s a beautifully simple idea which has snowballed spectacularly. NLD 2011 took place on 3rd September and the Football Supporters’ Federation spoke to Mike Bayly, one of the main men behind the day, to see how it went.

Ticket trouble at the Bridge and Bramall Lane

On Tuesday Stamford Bridge saw its lowest gate since 2007 for a Champions League fixture as fans voted with their feet following a 33 per cent ticket rise. The Blues’ 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen was watched by 33,820 fans, with the away club subsidising their own supporters’ tickets after finding out how much the home side planned to charge.

And finally… all the time in the world

Quite a number of And Finally… mistakes are made by players under pressure. A defender harried and hassled by an opposition striker hammering the ball into his own net being the classic example. However, on this occasion we see an absolute howler by a keeper under less pressure than a punctured tyre.

FSF condemns tabloid coverage of tragic fan death

On Tuesday 6th September Wales fan Mike Dye headed off to Wembley to attend a game of football. Mike never returned home following an incident which is currently the subject of a police manslaughter investigation. The Football Supporters’ Federation would like to put on the record our condemnation of the manner in which this story was reported by certain elements in the media.

Fulham blame crowd chaos on fans

Supporters blamed for causing a worrying crush at Fulham before Monday’s Brazil-Ghana friendly have hit back and pinned the blame firmly on the door of the Premier League club. Thousands of people queued outside Craven Cottage to pick up tickets pre-match but the situation soon descended into chaos.

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