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300 fans from 29 countries to meet in Hamburg

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Football Supporters International (FSI) will this weekend host the second European Football Fans’ Congress, which runs from July 17th-19th, in Hamburg. The event is being run in cooperation with the HSV Supporters’ Club and various FC St. Pauli fan groups and is expected to draw more than 300 fans’ organisation delegates from 29 different countries. These supporters will, in total, be representing more than two million football fans from across Europe.

The Congress will also feature the first committee elections that will decide which individuals should represent the interests of ordinary fans in meetings with Uefa and other European level groups. As well as this there’ll be workshops on kick-off times, planning for fans’ clubs, policing, disabled fans’ rights and club ownership.

Last year’s inaugural Football Fans’ Congress took place the day after Fans’ Parliament 2008 at Arsenal’s Emirates and was a resounding success – and the event’s organisers are promising this year will be even better!

FSI co-ordinator Daniela Wurbs said: “We’re really looking forward to this year and are very pleased that even more fans registered for the event than last year in London. This clearly confirms that football fans don’t want to be seen as passive consumers or merely a problem.

“They want to take an active and positive role in the game and see their interests represented with a powerful voice at European level,” says Daniela. “With this support and involvement from all levels supporters can trigger some urgently needed changes for the future of our game.”

The Volkspark-Stadion/HSH-Nordbank-Arena will be the main venue  for this year’s event on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th. More info about the network and event is available from FSI’s website or you can contact the FSI here.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball