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South Wales Police suffer facial recognition setback

The use of live facial recognition technology by South Wales Police is unlawful, according to a new ruling from the Court of Appeal which could have significant implications for football fans.

FSA Faircop: We need to talk about club bans

Far too many clubs still ban fans without a meaningful appeals process according to our caseworker Amanda Jacks. She explains what fans are up against…

Police chief criticises “invasive, disproportionate” tactics at South Wales derby

The North Wales police and crime commissioner Arfon Jones has criticised the use of facial recognition cameras on supporters at this weekend’s Cardiff City v Swansea City fixture, claiming that football fans are being unfairly targeted by South Wales Police. 

Years of progress at risk – FSA Faircop on north west derby woes

Two derbies in the north west this week have drawn criticism from supporters, not for what’s happening on the pitch, but for fans’ voices being excluded from major decisions around derby-day operations. FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks explains more…

Authorities must listen to fans on derby day operations

Supporters of Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have criticised the clubs and authorities this week for excluding fans from major decisions around their derby fixtures.

In trouble at the match over Christmas? Help is at hand

Christmas is a busy time for football fans with games coming thick and fast, and with those festivities often comes a lot of alcohol. The FSA’s Amanda Jacks (aka @FSA_Faircop) explains more…

Boro fans launch crowd funder

Forty-four Middlesbrough FC supporters unhappy with their treatment by Derbyshire Police are taking the force to court and have launched a crowdfunded campaign to support their case.

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.

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