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ICYMI: Gray matter

All in all a miserable night for Watford away at Prenton Park last night as Tranmere Rovers dumped them out of the FA Cup. One of the low-lights has to be Andre Gray messing up the kick-off, surely one of the simplest tasks for a professional footballer.

Safer gambling hub launched to help clubs and fans

The Football Supporters’ Association in partnership with BeGambleAware, have created a ‘safer gambling hub’ with assets for clubs to help them provide a safer gambling environment for their fans.

BT Sport moves non-league game at only ten days notice

The National League has announced that the upcoming Notts County vs Chesterfield fixture will be moved at only 10 days notice, following a request by BT Sport to broadcast the game.

FSA Faircop: We need to talk about club bans

Far too many clubs still ban fans without a meaningful appeals process according to our caseworker Amanda Jacks. She explains what fans are up against…

£55 trip to Old Trafford puts FA Cup away prices under the spotlight

An FA rule change that allows home teams to charge exorbitant fees for away fans in the FA Cup has come under criticism following the third round replay at Old Trafford.

Derby County latest club facing EFL finance charges

Derby County are the latest Championship club to be charged by the EFL for allegedly breaching their profit and sustainability rules.

#ICYMI: What a hit

Poor old Elliot Justham, who will now be remembered for more than having a song sung about him and Tesco sandwiches, after conceding a remarkable goal at Notts County this week. The Dags keeper’s poor clearance landed at the feet of Michael Doyle who smashed it in from halfway with no hesitation.

#ICYMI: Rouge-faced

Great stuff from Ligue 1 for this week’s #ICYMI – where a comedy of errors leads to St Etienne scoring a bizarre own goal. Keep an eye out, too, for a sensational bit of skill from PSG forward Kylian M’bappe in the build up.

Police chief criticises “invasive, disproportionate” tactics at South Wales derby

The North Wales police and crime commissioner Arfon Jones has criticised the use of facial recognition cameras on supporters at this weekend’s Cardiff City v Swansea City fixture, claiming that football fans are being unfairly targeted by South Wales Police. 

Birmingham City fans demand transparency from club over EFL charges

Birmingham City have been charged by the EFL for allegedly breaching the business plan imposed on the club by the league following sanctions last season – and now Blues fans want answers.

FA criticised over third round betting app broadcasts

The FA has received criticism for allowing FA Cup games to be broadcast on Bet365’s website and smartphone app as part of its international broadcast deal.

Years of progress at risk – FSA Faircop on north west derby woes

Two derbies in the north west this week have drawn criticism from supporters, not for what’s happening on the pitch, but for fans’ voices being excluded from major decisions around derby-day operations. FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks explains more…

Authorities must listen to fans on derby day operations

Supporters of Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have criticised the clubs and authorities this week for excluding fans from major decisions around their derby fixtures.

FA must pay more than lip-service to heritage of the Cup

FA Cup third Round day, once a much-anticipated staple of the English footballing calendar, has been torn apart by the FA’s international TV deal, leaving fixtures spread out across the weekend and causing extra travel problems for fans.

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