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Stoke City back Watching football is not a crime!

Stoke City have backed the Football Supporters’ Federation’s (FSF) Watching football is not a crime! which challenges the police’s use of Section 27. To the club’s great credit they’ve also put their money where their mouth is and have offered £20,000 towards legal costs, should it be required. As far as we’re aware this is the first time a club has backed fans’ legal costs in this manner. Well done Stoke City!

Fan’s case was Crystal clear

The newly-formed Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) seems to be having an impact as news reaches us of a Crystal Palace fan who has been given a full refund after missing nine of his team’s games following some over-zealous stewarding.

Section 27 update – police apologise to Stoke fans

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have apologised to a group of Stoke City fans who were forced to leave Manchester after police served them with Section 27 orders prior to their team’s away fixture with Manchester United on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Fingerprinting fans is not the answer

News has emerged that West Midlands Police are planning to use mobile fingerprint scanning units to identify hooligans with banning orders as part of ‘Project Lantern’. The devices allow police to scan fingerprints and cross-check with their database to see if those stopped are subject to orders preventing them from attending matches.

Watching football is not a crime!

The Football Supporters’ Federation is delighted to announce we have teamed up with the civil rights organisation Liberty to fight for the rights of football fans who have been unjustly detained under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.

So what is Section 27?

Section 27 legislation allows police to move someone from a specified area for a period of up to 48 hours. No offence needs to have been committed for the act to be enforced: the legislation gives police the power to move on people who they say pose a risk of alcohol-related disorder.

How can I help challenge Section 27?

We’re absolutely delighted that Liberty have recognised that the use of Section 27 is totally inappropriate and breaches the basic civil liberties of football fans. With them, we plan to take this issue to court and set a precedent – Section 27 was never designed to police football fans, and it never should be.

What can I do if a Section 27 is served on me?

At present there’s very little you can do – which is why it is absolutely vital that this campaign succeeds. If you refuse to abide by the conditions of a Section 27, police can then arrest you.

Section 27 has been served on me!

In that case, we want to hear from you. If you’ve had a Section 27 served on you and had given police no reason to think you would be involved in alcohol related disorder, fill in our online form and email it to us. We will treat your information in the strictest confidence, and will not pass anything on to the police.

Section 27 been served on you? We want to know

Last month we reported on the case of Stoke City fans who, prior to their club’s fixture with Manchester United at Old Trafford, found themselves forcibly taken back to Stoke under threat of arrest. The police were able to take this action due to Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006.

Fair Cop? Supporters give their views on derby day

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) Northeast Division has published a unique report into policing and stewarding at last month’s Wear-Tyne derby, which voices the concerns of match-going fans. The scheme was repeated at Saturday’s Tees-Tyne derby, which ended in a goalless draw at the Riverside, and will take place at all the North East’s top-flight derby matches.

Euro Chimes for Pompey fans

Pompey fans heading to Germany for their team’s UEFA Cup tie with Wolfsburg can make the most of their trip with Away Goals – Euro Chimes which contains information, advice, and entertainment for the club’s traveling support.

Don’t treat fans like criminals

Figures released by the Home Office this week prove what the Football Supporters’ Federation have been arguing for years – there is absolutely no need to treat football fans as criminals.

Policing of Stoke fans raises serious concerns

Frightening new police powers have emerged following the shocking treatment of Stoke City fans prior to their team’s away fixture with Manchester United last Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Fans across Europe say no to discrimination

It’s still not too late to get involved with the FARE European Action Week against Racism in Football which runs until Tuesday, October 28, 2008. The Europe-wide campaign has also seen domestic action from Kick It Out and Show Racism The Red Card.

Stoke suspend Away Card system

Stoke City have announced the Away Card system for their travelling supporters is to be suspended.

Atletico home ban lifted

UEFA have temporarily lifted the ban which would have seen Atletico Madrid forced to play Champions League games away from their home stadium, the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico stadium ban causes headache for Reds

UEFA have announced Atletico Madrid’s next two Champions League home games must be played at a neutral venue, meaning Liverpool’s tie in eight days is to be moved – to an as yet unconfirmed venue.

FSF disgust at fan court verdict

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) offers its whole-hearted support to Chelsea fan Cliff Auger following today’s West London Courthouse decision to find him guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal following Cliff’s actions to protect his own son.

Reading call off the dogs

Fan power has forced Premier League club Reading into a u-turn over the proposed trial introduction of drug sniffer dogs at home fixtures.

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