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London supporters groups meet with police

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police’s Football Unit hosted a meeting attended by supporter representatives of most London clubs and dedicated football officers. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks was in attendance and has reported back on the meeting…

Alcohol restrictions: football fans must be seen as equals

Football fans are used to facing severe restrictions around drinking at the match – something fans of no other sport have to deal with. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at the issue… 

Bristol City fans challenge police over “unjustified” use of dispersal powers

Bristol City fans who claim they were falsely imprisoned by West Midlands Police plan to take civil action against the force.

Green Street crowd congestion: no “shrugging of shoulders” from authorities

Crowd congestion and disorder marred the build up to West Ham United’s final game at Upton Park. The Met have now released a report on the incident and FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more…

Body worn cameras: nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

Excessive surveillance measure or more accountable officers? Dr Geoff Pearson, senior lecturer in criminal law at Manchester University, looks at the issue of police officers and body worn cameras…

Dispersal orders: what you need to know

Over the last week many fans have been in touch with us at FSF HQ concerned about police use of dispersal zones.

Coventry City fan “viciously assaulted” by police officer wins settlement

Nobody expects to attend a football match and still be dealing with the ramifications over four years later. But this is exactly what happened to Mark Wynn a 48-year-old, lifelong Coventry City fan.

An idiot’s guide to Football Banning Orders

You may have seen police press releases about football hooligans being reigned-in by Football Banning Orders in the news last week. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about these orders, uniqe to football…

Dry trains – latest info

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) opposes laws and rules which discriminate against fans and “dry trains” – where alcohol is banned – fall into that category. However, we also believe it’s vital that fans know the lay of the land and stay up to date with dry trains that may affect their match-day travel.

Bending logic in the name of safety and security

FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks has had some ridiculous cases across her desk recently – many seeing fans inconvenienced and let down by football clubs all in the name of safety and security. She tells us more about this trend… 

Coach restrictions “draconian and intrusive” – FSF Faircop

Just how restrictive is the law around football fans’ travel? Even the most jaded football fan may be suprised, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about football fans, coach travel and the law…

Football related arrests continue to fall

For the third consecutive season, football arrests have fallen and have reached their lowest level on record – although you probably won’t read about it elsewhere, as football arrest figures only really seem to grab attention when they go up.

“Brandishing supporters as troublesome” – A look at the Burnley-Blackburn bubble match farce

We oppose rules and police tactics which discriminate against fans and “bubble matches” certainly fall into that category. Jimmy Law tells us more about his bubble match experience as a Burnley fan travelling to Blackburn away… 

Raft of dry trains planned for November and December

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) opposes laws and rules which discriminate against fans and “dry trains” – where alcohol is banned – fall into that category. However, we also believe it’s vital that fans know the lay of the land and British Transport Police recently told us about a raft of dry trains planned for November and December…

“Bubble matches achieve little” – FSF Faircop

Last week Bristol City fans criticised the draconian restrictions placed upon their supporters travelling to Cardiff City away – with the upcoming fixture resembling a “bubble match”. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks outlines why the FSF opposes such restrictions…

Dedicated followers of fashion

Recently, we told you of the young Derby County fan kettled without explanation at an away fixture. Here FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at the trend of fans being policed on their clothing rather than their behaviour…

Faircop statement on South London derby

FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks met with police ahead of the South London derby between Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic in the League Cup tomorrow, and made this following statement in regards to policing:

A day out “ruined by thugs in uniform”

We know that football fans face unique legislation and types of police restrictions. But has the situation been improving? One Derby County fan tells us about the policing at Preston away this month – would we see this at any other event in British life?

Liverpool fan wins settlement after false assaulting police charges

Last year lifelong Liverpool fan Kieth Culvin was compensated by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) having been charged with assaulting a police officer. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us about his civil action…

Hates football, ignorant of your town, wishes they weren’t there – say hello to your matchday copper!

FSF Caseworker Amanda Jacks picks apart Constable Chaos’ blog on policing football fans:

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