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British Transport Police announce new “dry train” policies

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 a recent change in BTP policy means those who are “obviously drunk” or try to “smuggle” alcohol onto dry trains will be refused travel.

Served with a Football Banning Order? Contact the FSF

FSF Caseworker Amanda Jacks explains what you should do if served with a Football Banning Order (FBO)…

Fan convicted for assaulting steward with inflatable shark

Grimsby Town fan Ken Meech was yesterday (13th July 2015) convicted of assaulting a football steward with an inflatable shark. Solicitor Melanie Cooke has worked with the FSF and represented hundreds of fans over the years and she instructed barrister Gethin Payne on Ken’s behalf. The FSF’s Amanda Jacks was at Willesden Magistrates’ Court to hear the case, she explains more below…

The Independent Football Ombudsman – fit for purpose?

Yesterday FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks wrote that the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) gave no adequate protection for fans, and called on clubs to follow “the basic tenets of justice” by giving the IFO more powers. Everton fan Richard Knights has complained to the IFO twice and wasn’t happy with the response.

Football ombudsman gives “no adequate protection” for fans

The Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) is the last port of call for fans who believe they’ve been treated unfairly by their club. So you’d think clubs would have to act on his adjudications, wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be wrong. The FSF’s caseworker Amanda Jacks explains more…

Football disorder on trains: Faircop response

On Friday, British Transport Police (BTP) convened a “summit” to address football related disorder, anti-social and racist behaviour by fans on the rail network. Here our caseworker Amanda Jacks responds to claims that thuggish behaviour from football fans is widespread on British trains…

QPR fans win compensation after legal battle with club

Supporters bond over many things but few expect to form a friendship based around their shared experience of taking legal action against the club they love. But this is exactly what happened to QPR supporters Bob (57) and Graham (52) who sought help from the FSF. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks explains more…

500 tickets offered to Cardiff City by Leeds “derisory” say fans

Fans’ groups at Cardiff City say they will be boycotting their side’s upcoming fixture at Elland Road in the face of unexplained restriction to their allocation.

Away fans ID cards: “Damaging the game for all”

Recently, the Danish Football Fan Clubs (DFF) launched a campaign against mandatory “away cards” – a proposal the Danish League Association have made due to safety and security concerns. Philipp Markhardt tells us why DFF is fighting this decision…

End in sight for “deeply unpopular” Millwall restrictions?

Millwall fans once again faced ridiculous ticketing restrictions for their visit to Leeds United at the weekend. Here FSF Caseworker Amanda Jacks, who runs our @FSF_Faircop twitter, tells us about the policing of the Leeds-Millwall game and if there’s any signs of improvements for Millwall fans…

Statement: Safety body blocks full Stoke City allocation

Stoke City supporters remain unhappy that they will not be given a full allocation of away tickets for their upcoming FA Cup fifth round match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Passion of Merseyside Police

Earlier this week there was controversy on Merseyside as local police tried to change the kick-off time of this weekend’s derby. In this blog Harry Stopes offers a pointed, personal view as to why he thinks the police so often seek to mess around with fixtures, and it comes down to money…

Fans should be tenacious on crowd safety planning

Martin Cloake (@MartinCloake) of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) tells us why the fans’ voice cannot be ignored by clubs, police and football authorities when planning crowd management…

REVIEW: A Derby To Be Proud Of

Fans joined forces on Tuesday 9th December to say, yes, we want an intimidating, hostile atmosphere at the Tyne-Wear derby, but that can happen without violence.

EVENT: A Derby To Be Proud Of (Tuesday 9th December)

In recent seasons the white hot atmosphere of the Tyne-Wear derby has, occasionally, spilled over into disorder. However, in the past 12 months there’s been a level of co-operation among fans not seen for many decades, if ever. Back in January news emerged that a “bubble” match was to be imposed on Sunderland fans travelling to St James’ Park. These are games where no independent transport is allowed, infringing on freedom of mov

Dear politicians – why discriminate against football fans?

Drink your pint in sight of the pitch and there’s a good chance you’ll feel the long arm of the law. If you’re, say, a rugby or cricket fan, no such rules apply. Is it time for this to change? Anthony Davison is an Oxford United fan and says he’ll give his vote to the next politician who commits to changing this unequal law (see his e-petition here)…

Football – the good and the bad…

Reading fan and FSF Secretary Jon Keen moved one ground closer to his aim of completing the “The 92”, with a trip to Shrewsbury Town v Newport County. His experience at Greenhous Meadow was an eye-opener, with both the good and the bad of the football “experience” on show (you can read West Mercia’s response here)…

Chance for fan groups to ‘Meet the Met’

The Football Supporters’ Federation has arranged ‘Meet the Met’ which is a chance for fans’ groups to discuss the policing of football at London clubs.

Institute of Ideas event in association with the FSF

Criminalising football fans: Institute of Ideas event in association with the FSF

Home Office: Football arrests are “lowest on record”

You saw the good news reported all over the media last week that football arrests during 2013/14 had dropped by 7% and represented the lowest total on record, right? Of course you didn’t – because it was largely ignored!

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