This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
On Friday 8th March the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative in Liverpool attended the Penny Lane mosque in Liverpool to receive a set of food and other donations that had been made over the past eight weeks.
Fans from the city’s two clubs, Liverpool and Everton, were in attendance, along with representatives from West Ham United’s Independent Supporter Association, in an act of solidarity following the Islamophobic abuse directed at Mo Salah at the recent West Ham v Liverpool fixture.
It showed the very best of the work that fans can do when they come together, uniting not only rival football fans but also local communities and religious groups, work which we commend as part of our commitment to our Fans for Diversity campaign.
Dave Kelly, of the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative said “From day one our campaign on social media has used the hashtag #HungerDoesntWearClubColours. Well, it doesn’t have a race, religion or creed either. Hunger doesn’t discriminate, neither do we.
“We are proud of the relationship we have with the Muslim community and share their desire to be part of the wider community.”
Elsewhere on Friday, to mark International Women’s Day, the Fans’ for Diversity team collated a collage of images of women football fans, to champion the contribution that they bring to our grounds and our game, sharing them on social media.
And across the country this weekend fans at all levels of the game were taking part in Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’, aimed at raising awareness and supporting equal access for disabled fans at football. Everything from a West Midlands powerchair football tournament to individual fans and disabled supporters associations were doing their bit to champion the cause.
Earlier this month, Lewes FC reached the incredible milestone of 10 years’ in community-ownership. To mark the occasion, SD Europe spoke to the football club’s Chair Stuart Fuller and the FSA’s community-owned clubs network manager Richard Irving to dig deeper into this remarkable achievement – an interview reproduced with the permission of SD Europe below…