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FSA view on FA Cup replays? Keep them!

The FA’s decision to scrap FA Cup replays in all rounds of the competition has been met with what can only be described as anger by many EFL and non-league clubs, football figures and supporters at all levels of the game. 

Burnley-Luton fixture move “unacceptable”

Luton Town’s trip to Turf Moor this month has been moved with just five days’ notice following their draw in the FA Cup on Sunday – an “unacceptable” move say Burnley fans that once again highlights the serious problem with “conditional” TV selections.

York City Supporters Trust criticise late TV fixture move

York City Supporters Trust have issued an open letter expressing concern over the decision to move their away fixture at Boreham Wood for TV broadcast, appealing to the league and broadcaster to ‘mitigate the impact on our fans’.

FSA statement: New Premier League TV deal

Earlier this week, the Premier League announced that it has agreed a new deal with Sky and TNT Sports in which the competition will receive £6.7bn over four years for its UK television rights and with it a significant increase in the number of games that will be selected for live broadcast.

Fan groups call on PL to reverse Christmas Eve KO decision

Supporter organisations across the FSA’s Premier League Network have united in opposition to the decision made by the league and Sky Sports to show Wolves vs Chelsea on Christmas Eve 2023 – the first time such a scheduling decision has been made since 1995.

Premier League announces Christmas Eve fixture

Football Supporters’ Association response to today’s Premier League announcement that there will be a Christmas Eve fixture for the first time since 1995.

TV selections: Quick guide for fans

Arranging tickets, travel and accommodation for games is a major challenge for supporters, particularly under the current TV contract regime. We all know broadcasters call the shots and hundreds of games are moved for broadcast every season.

Christmas Eve football: An unwanted present

Reports suggest the Premier League and broadcasters are set to ignore supporters and schedule a Christmas Eve fixture for the first time since 1995. It’s an unwanted present which no-one asked for.

Premier League TV deal – more money, more problems?

News that the Premier League plans to broadcast around 270 of its games, up from 200, is unwelcome but not entirely unsurprising for matchgoing supporters.

Potential PL TV deal: Late Sunday KOs would “wreak havoc”

Reports appeared in the Telegraph this week about the potential for a new Sunday 6.30pm kick-off slot in the Premier League’s next TV deal.

Cost and disruption: PL games moved with two weeks’ notice

At the weekend the Premier League announced fixture changes to its September and October match schedule following the draws for the European competitions.

“The spectacle suffers”: Lessons from the Community Shield boycott

The 2023-24 season kicked-off this weekend and with it the traditional Community Shield curtain-raiser. There was some controversy ahead of the Wembley fixture this year, however, after Manchester City fans criticised the FA and broadcasters over the late kick-off time.

Warning: Beware of “conditional” picks

The volume of televised games is at an all-time high and, with more clubs playing in Europe than ever, the problem of “conditional” TV selections has become particularly acute.

FA Cup: Supporter voices must be heard

It’s not often that the FA Cup leads the sports news headlines in July but it shows the depth of supporter knowledge nowadays that many have strong, informed opinions on who should (or should not) be allowed to bid for the competition’s media rights.

“Fans can make a difference”: Manchester City fans want 3pm kick-off in Community Shield

Last month the FA announced that the Community Shield would be taking place on a Sunday at 5.30pm, a difficult time for Manchester City fans hoping to get down to the game and back in time for work the next day. After a backlash that was revised to 4pm but Manchester City fans are calling for it to be moved to 3pm.

Arsenal vs Chelsea late fixture change an “insult to supporters”

Today it was announced that Arsenal’s upcoming game against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium has been moved with just over two weeks notice in a move described as “insulting” by fan groups.

Fan groups hit out at Premier League over latest broadcast delays

Supporters groups from across the country have expressed their anger at the Premier League and its broadcasters for the latest delay in releasing TV fixtures.

Stamford Bridge away allocation cut “unfair and irrational” says legal letter

Manchester United supporters have issued a legal letter to a west London local authority following the decision to cut their away ticket allocation for the upcoming game against Chelsea.

EFL to end the 3pm blackout?

The EFL plans to make all matches from 2024-25 available for broadcast and streaming – which could see an end to the Saturday 3pm “blackout” in its competitions.

Manchester United fans consider legal action over Chelsea away numbers

Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) say the decision to cut their away allocation for the upcoming match at Chelsea at short notice is “a shambles” and sets “a disgraceful precedent”.

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