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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.

Behaviour of Spanish police “inexcusable” say Arsenal fans

Arsenal fans have written to the Spanish Government urging them to address Police violence following their visit to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League.

Football vs racing: what can we learn?

You may have seen news about serious disorder at Goodwood Races last weekend – with many quick to draw comparisons to how football fans would be painted in such scenarios. Here our caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at what football can learn from how race-goers are treated…

Palace fans launch official complaint against Sussex Police

Crystal Palace fans have lodged an official complaint against Sussex Police following their treatment at the club’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in November 2017.

Bristol City fans to sue police over false imprisonment

Bristol City fans have begun legal action against West Midlands Police (WMP) claiming false imprisonment and human rights breaches from an incident in 2015.

Football Banning Orders: still a necessary tool?

We often hear about prosecutors seeking Football Banning Orders for fans, regardless of the alleged offence. What’s it like for a Justice of the Peace dealing with such cases? One Magistrate relays their experience from the Bench…

FSF statement: Amex Stadium incident

FSF STATEMENT: AMEX STADIUM INCIDENT

Football-related arrests fall once more

Football-related arrests have fallen once more and remain at historically low levels, according to Government statistics released today.

FC Köln in London: did the media get it wrong?

Our caseworker Amanda Jacks wrote about her experiences at last week’s Europa League tie at the Emirates. In an accompanying feature, Cologne-based journalist Matt Ford thinks the British media misjudged the German fans. Here he explains why…

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