Yesterday England played Italy in Naples and many supporters have relayed serious concerns about their treatment – particularly regarding transport and logitistics. Our Free Lions Fans’ Embassy team, who were on the ground assisting travelling England supporters, have issued the following statement today:
England make the trip to Naples next week for their Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy (Thursday 23th March, 7.45pm GMT). As ever, our Free Lions team have been busy pulling together all available information for matchday supporters ahead of the trip – Free Lions 180 is out now.
For more than two decades, the FSA and our counterparts in Europe have provided support to fans travelling to see their national teams compete in World Cups and European Championships. The Qatar World Cup, the first to be held in a Gulf State and the first to be held in winter, was no different.
After FIFA clamped down on the “One Love” armbands at the 2022 World Cup, various national teams have been exploring ways to support the LGBT+ community during the tournament – most notably Germany before their game against Japan yesterday.
Earlier today the FA announced that the England team captain would not be wearing the “One Love” armband in the World Cup following threats of disciplinary action from FIFA. The FSA has issued the followings statement in response: