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Fan anger at final day Championship fixture moves

Last week’s Football League announcement that final day fixtures in the Championship were to be brought forward from Sunday 8th May (3pm) to Saturday 7th May 2011 (12.45pm) was another reminder, if one was needed, that TV trumps the match going fan in the eyes of the football authorities.

Welsh FA howler leaves England fans 1k tickets short

The Welsh FA (FAW) has apologised to England fans over an embarrassing administrative error which means that 951 Three Lions fans, who had purchased tickets for this month’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff, will miss the match. It is also understood a number of Welsh fans may be affected by the mistake although the FAW has not released numbers on this.

Euro court: World Cup must remain on terrestrial TV

Football fans in the UK will still be able to watch World Cup and European Championship games on terrestrial TV thanks to a ruling by the European General Court (EGC). FIFA and UEFA had both challenged legislation which allows the UK government to protect sport’s so-called “crown jewels” and ensures they remain on free-to-air TV rather than subscription only.

EU adviser: foreign football feeds should be legal

Pubs might soon be able to screen all Premier League games after a ruling by an EU legal adviser. Broadcasters who own the UK rights to Premier League football cannot stop customers watching foreign satellite feeds, according to advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice.

TV plays havoc with Chelsea fans’ travel plans

The FSF has been contacted by numerous Chelsea supporters upset at the impact of TV rescheduling on their away fixtures, meaning they must go an astounding 16 weeks without an away league match on a weekend.

Belgium: fans to be compensated for late cancellations

Travelling fans in Belgium will be compensated if more than one of their club’s away fixtures falls victim to a late cancellation due to the weather, thanks to a deal negotiated by fans’ group the Supportersfederation Profclubs (SfP). Belgium, as with Britain, has experienced some awful weather in the past few months and some clubs have had as many as three games cancelled.The SfP felt their members’ loyalty to their clubs deserved some recognition and approached the top-flight Jupiler Pro League to see if they would be willing to compensate fans for wasted journeys. Surprisingly, the Jupiler Pro League agreed and a system has been set-up to do just that.

Fans welcome UEFA ticket ruling

Northern Ireland fans who feared they would miss their country’s game with Serbia through no fault of their own have welcomed a decision by UEFA to allow them into the game. Nigel Worthington’s side faces Serbia in Belgrade in March and UEFA had demanded that the match be played behind closed doors after rioting caused Serbia’s last qualifier against Italy in October to be abandoned just six minutes into the game.However, European football’s governing body has agreed to what Northern Ireland’s fans have described as “the best possible outcome”. The Irish Football Association (IFA) took their fight for the fans to UEFA president Michel Platini and ensured 200 away fans would be allowed into the game.

Should late postponements earn fans travel refund?

Football used to be a winter sport. It brought to mind images of freezing footballers hoofing an orange ball around a frozen pitch and fans keeping warm with their brand new Christmas scarf and gloves.

Premier League challenges Murphy’s law

An appeal to the European courts by a Portsmouth landlady over whether it is legal to show foreign TV channels broadcasting Premier League games is to be heard on Tuesday 5th October. While the sight of Premier League matches being broadcast in pubs at 3pm on a Saturday is a common one across the UK the practice is, at present, illegal.

FA plan to scrap replays won’t be popular

The FA’s main board is due to meet today for the first time post-World Cup and The Guardian is reporting that the idea of scrapping FA Cup replays will be floated. The proposal is one of a number of ideas being floated by the FA to revive the competition although how scrapping its unique selling point will achieve this isn’t clear. And it’s a move that’s likely to be unpopular with fans judging from discussions on the FSF’s Facebook page.

Premier and Football League announce fixture changes

We realise the World Cup isn’t even over yet but we’re already getting pretty excited about the domestic season. You know what it’s like, the season ends and, unless you’re one of the lucky few to win a trophy or gain promotion, it’s all grumbles about mid-table nothingness and rubbish football. After all, we’ve all heard someone mutter the immortal phrase, “That’s it for me, I’m never going back!”

Toon fans’ anger at TV switch

Newcastle fans have been contacting us in their droves after hearing that their game against Plymouth Argyle in April has been shifted to a Monday night kick-off for the purposes of Sky TV. Originally scheduled for Saturday 17th April, the two sides will now kick off at 7.45pm on Monday 19th April.

FA Semis To Be Hit By Travel Strikes?

Fans’ travel arrangements for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals may be hit by industrial action on the travel networks. Around 140 members of the Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) of the British Transport Police will be going on strike from 7am Saturday 18th April until 7am Monday 20th April, with the possibility of further action on Saturday 30 May, which would coincide with the FA Cup Final.

Moyes’ blues over Wembley semi

Everton boss David Moyes has criticised the FA’s decision to host all FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley following the Toffees’ quarter-final victory over Middlesbrough. Everton came from behind to secure victory at Goodison Park yesterday with second-half goals from Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha cancelling out David Wheater’s 44th minute opener.

Premier League fears over internet streaming

The Premier League has admitted the threat that internet streaming has on football’s finances as more and more fans turn to online viewing.

TrainStrain – The Sequel

Football fans have been warned that large sections of the nation’s railway network will be subject to severe disruptions during the next THREE weeks.

Train strain as pre-season disruptions announced

Planning to let the train take the strain as you travel to pre-season friendly or over the next fortnight or so?

Fans kick-off as times are moved

Fans across England are once again letting off steam on message boards and newspaper letter-pages as news filtered through of the Premier League’s re-scheduled kick-off times.

FC United of Manchester fans to vote with their feet

Fans of FC United of Manchester are ready to become the first set of football supporters in the country to boycott a game which has been shifted to suit television schedules.

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