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Wigan Athletic enter administration and face points penalty

Just weeks after being taken over Wigan Athletic have entered into administration and are now facing points deductions as their Championship season comes to a close.

Funding available for community clubs ahead of restart

Almost £2.2m in grants is being made available by the Football Foundation to help non-league and community clubs get their facilities ready to host fans again.

ICYMI: SPALs it up

Serie A minnows SPAL are currently battling relegation from the Italian top-flight and can do without such disastrous interventions from their captain Francesco Vicari. Leading AC Milan 2-1, Vicari’s attempts to block a cross cost them the win in the 94th minute. Ouch.

A little understanding goes a long way

At the FSA we’re keen to promote the best practice when it comes to clubs talking to their supporters, as the benefits of engaging with fans are obvious – at least to us. One tool that’s become increasingly common in formalising those discussions is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

West Ham end controversial blockchain partnership

West Ham United have ended their deal with Socios.com – a digital platform that uses blockchain to provide paid-for supporter engagement.

FC United’s Food Hub

FC United of Manchester have become the latest club to show what can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the North Manchester Business Network and the City Council. 

Exeter City v Northampton Town: The “friendly final”

At today’s League Two play-off final Exeter City will face Northampton Town and, while it will take place in front of near empty stands, it’s actually a fixture that has special significance for supporters.

#ICYMI: Goal of the Year

This week’s #ICYMI is a simply sensational hit from Zlatko Junuzovic, scoring one of seven goals against Rapid Wien for the fizzy pop works team leading the Austrian Bundesliga. The involvement of the crossbar undoubtedly making it all the better.

Grimsby Town fans put more than £100,000 back into club

Grimsby Town fans are the latest to provide financial aid to their club during the pandemic – putting over £100,000 into the club over recent weeks.

Hull City ban journalists for “negative coverage”

While Hull City’s fans might have expected the club leadership’s entire focus to be on the battle for Championship survival they have instead turned their attention to the media – banning local journalists and hitting out at The Athletic for “misleading gossip”.

FSA Cymru update: June 2020

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2020 – which will of course be concentrating on the postponement of Euro 2020 and what the future holds for Wales fans following the team overseas in the coming months…

#ICYMI: Don’t Luiz your head…

Football is back, and while we could’ve been worried about players taking a few games to get into their stride, David Luiz delivered from the off. Having been dropped to the bench and only entering the game due to an injury, he fluffed his clearance leading to Man City’s opener in first half stoppage time, before compounding his misery by giving away a penalty and getting sent off for an unwanted hat-trick just after the break.

Deloitte: Football finance overhaul “desperately needed”

Forget Christmas – those with a nose for finance look forward to the release of Deloitte’s annual football report like no other day of the year. Ashley Brown, the FSA’s head of supporter engagement and governance, has been up since the early hours flicking through its pages. Here are his highlights…

UEFA announce big changes to the football calendar

UEFA has confirmed a whole host of changes to the football calendar aimed at completing this season’s European competitions before the end of August, as well as setting out dates for internationals and European games in 2020/21.

Exeter City: Fan donations to club surpass £40,000

While some clubs have been heavily criticised by fans for their season ticket refund policy, there are examples of good practice which deserve a mention.

“No return to normal” – fans across Europe demand change

This morning supporter groups from across Europe, including the FSA, are outlining their demands to UEFA and national football authorities on the future of football after the pandemic – below is the letter in full arguing that supporters have to be at the heart of major consultation…

Leeds Trust launches #StayAway campaign as games return

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) has launched its #StayAway campaign with former players, NHS staff and notable Leeds United fans encouraging supporters to do their bit in the continued fight against COVID-19.

Jack Leslie Campaign: “Time for supporters to know his name”

As debates rage around the nation’s statuary, Plymouth Argyle fans are fighting to get one of their greatest players honoured. Here Matt Tiller tells us about the Jack Leslie Campaign, a movement to get a pioneering black player recognised at Home Park…

League One play-off dates set as EFL clubs vote to curtail season

This week EFL clubs decided to curtail the League One and League Two seasons – with the final tables being decided on a points-per-game basis.

#ICYMI: Army of the Dead

Jadon Sancho is the unlucky star of this week’s #ICYMI – seen here shooting wide from six yards out against Hertha Berlin to the indifference of a phantom crowd piped down the wires from an empty Westfalenstadion. Strange times.

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