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Were you at the Hawthorns? We’d like to hear from you…

Sunday’s scenes at West Bromwich Albion v Wolves led to the announcement of an FA investigation within hours of the incident happening – and the FSA is keen to hear from supporters who were actually at the match so that your experiences are heard too.

Christmas contacts for supporters who need legal support

The overwhelming majority of match-day experiences pass without incident but occasionally things do go wrong.

Independent Football Ombudsman – annual report out now

How many football fans out there know what the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) is and how the IFO can help? Not enough in our opinion. 

Football unites to improve participant & fan behaviour – 2023-24

The English football authorities are introducing a series of measures to help improve the behaviour of players, managers and coaches across the professional, National League system and grassroots game, as well as addressing the issue of football tragedy abuse.

Are pyro and pitch invasions legal?

Ahead of the new season a number of Football Supporters’ Association member groups have asked us to pull together a guide outlining the law when it comes to pyro and pitch invasions. Read on…

What is the Independent Football Ombudsman?

How many supporters know about the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO)? Not enough. If a complaint to your club fails to get the response that you’d hoped for, then you need to speak to the IFO whose chief ombudsman is appointed by the Premier League, the FA and the EFL. 

A decade and a half of Fair Cop

For 16 years the Football Supporters’ Association’s Amanda Jacks (aka Fair Cop) has been fighting for the rights of football fans – so it’s with a heavy heart that we announce Amanda is moving onto new things. 

EFL unveils new sanctions guidelines for clubs

Today the EFL has unveiled its new supporter sanctioning guide, developed with the FSA, to assist its 72 clubs in dealing with supporter behaviour issues.

Pitch incursions – an end of season recap

Pitch incursions have been all over our screens in the past week, with a number of incidents in the Premier League, EFL play-off semi-finals, and non-league drawing widespread condemnation.

Flare play: Pyro and the law

Last weekend’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool might have been short on goals, even if it was a great game, but viewers will have noticed an abundance of smoke bombs.

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…

FSA Faircop: We need to talk about stewarding

There have been a handful of high profile flashpoints between fans and stewards in recent weeks leading many supporters to write to the FSA with complaints. Here FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks runs through a nine point plan to radically improve the quality of match-day stewarding…

“Guinea pigs” – Cardiff City fans criticise facial recognition

Fans of Cardiff City have criticised South Wales Police for utilising facial recognition technology without prior consultation at their game against Swansea City.

Match-day policing under the spotlight

Match-day policing is to come under the spotlight as part of a new research project being run by the EFL and Keele University.

Football-related arrests: downward trend continues

The almost-decade long decline in football-related arrests shows no signing of stopping according to the latest round of Home Office statistics.

UEFA must enforce minimum standards for away fans – survey says

UEFA must implement minimum standards across its club competitions say campaigners after the results of a Europe-wide survey of away fans was published this week.

Lobbying for privately funded police at football “deeply concerning”

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being asked to lobby politicians for a change in the law to allow police forces to charge clubs more for football policing.

Sussex Police: “Lessons learned” over Brighton-Palace policing

Sussex Police say they have learned lessons and taken action against senior officers following complaints from Crystal Palace fans who travelled to Brighton in November 2017.

Football policing in Greater Manchester – have your say

We’re looking for supporters’ experiences with police to help inform the north west’s IAG – a of group of fans that provide direct feedback to police on their match-day activities.

Police push for more football funding puts small clubs at risk says commissioner

Police forces across England and Wales seeking to secure more funding from football are putting smaller clubs under serious financial pressure, according to the North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner.

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