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FSA Faircop: We need to talk about stewarding

There have been a handful of high profile flashpoints between fans and stewards in recent weeks leading many supporters to write to the FSA with complaints. Here FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks runs through a nine point plan to radically improve the quality of match-day stewarding…

“Guinea pigs” – Cardiff City fans criticise facial recognition

Fans of Cardiff City have criticised South Wales Police for utilising facial recognition technology without prior consultation at their game against Swansea City.

Match-day policing under the spotlight

Match-day policing is to come under the spotlight as part of a new research project being run by the EFL and Keele University.

Bristol City fans’ victory over police misuse of power

A group of 10 Bristol City fans have gained an out of court settlement from West Midlands Police on the eve of a court hearing into the force’s alleged misuse of dispersal powers at a fixture four years ago. 

Football-related arrests: downward trend continues

The almost-decade long decline in football-related arrests shows no signing of stopping according to the latest round of Home Office statistics.

Lobbying for privately funded police at football “deeply concerning”

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being asked to lobby politicians for a change in the law to allow police forces to charge clubs more for football policing.

Sussex Police: “Lessons learned” over Brighton-Palace policing

Sussex Police say they have learned lessons and taken action against senior officers following complaints from Crystal Palace fans who travelled to Brighton in November 2017.

Football policing in Greater Manchester – have your say

We’re looking for supporters’ experiences with police to help inform the north west’s IAG – a of group of fans that provide direct feedback to police on their match-day activities.

Police push for more football funding puts small clubs at risk says commissioner

Police forces across England and Wales seeking to secure more funding from football are putting smaller clubs under serious financial pressure, according to the North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner.

The public interest: should fans be be prosecuted for minor offences?

Following incidents last month there was a lot of talk about clamping down on supporters, but is dragging fans through the courts for celebratory pitch invasions really in the public interest? Here FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks argues for more proportionate responses…

Sheffield derby policing: what fans said

Last week we surveyed more than 1,000 Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United fans to get their thoughts on policing operation before and after the Steel City derby.

Policing of Sheffield derby condemned by fans in FSF consultation

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday fans have condemned the policing of the Steel City derby in a consultation with supporters led by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

FSF statement: pitch incursions

On Sunday 10th March, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was assaulted by a supporter who had got onto the pitch during their match against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

FSF statement: Millwall incidents

Following incidents of disorder around this weekend’s fixture at the New Den between Millwall and Everton, the FSF has issued the following statement:

Football fan? No, you’re not welcome here…

Want to visit a town centre before a match? With even elected officials urging fans to stay away, you might not be as welcome as you think.

Football arrests continue long-term downward trend

Football-related arrests have fallen once more continuing a long-term trend towards historically low levels according to Home Office statistics released this week.

From the casework files: A Charlton fan at Fulham

Our casework inbox at the FSF throws up a wide range of disputes and fans seeking assistance or advice in relation to complaints with their club. Some cases can be solved with a quick bit of correspondence or a phone call or two; others can drag out over several months, or even years. Occasionally, we need to put fans in touch with specialist legal help.

Helping fellow fans: crowdfund for legal fees launched

As Bristol City fans take legal action against West Midlands Police over alledgedly unjustified use of dispersal powers on supporters they are launching a crowdfund to help their cause and other fans in future. Stu Rogers from Bristol City Supporters’ Club & Trust tells us more…

Deepdale incident: important lessons should be learned

Following an incident involving away fans and Lancashire Police at Deepdale at the weekend, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks was invited to a debrief by the force, here is her report…

Cost of policing: is making clubs pay more the answer?

The debate surrounding the cost of policing football was raging again this week as the BBC revealed how much forces across the country spend.

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