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Arsenal vs FC Köln: warning signs not heeded says FSF Faircop

Thousands of FC Köln fans descended on London last week for their Europa League tie against Arsenal, catching the club and police off guard as Amanda Jacks explains from her first-hand account…

Club bans: pilot aims to improve use

Bans issued by football clubs can come suddenly and often leave fans without recourse, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about work being done to redress the balance… 

From the case files: the importance of legal advice

If you’re in bother at the match and thinking of taking a police caution to avoid the hassle of the Courts – stop and take advantage of the free legal advice on offer. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks has a cautionary tale explaining why…

“Illogical & outdated”: time to review alcohol laws says legal expert

Want to have a drink in your hotel room that happens to overlook a football match? Not allowed under current legislation – legislation which Matt Hall, associate lecturer in law at UWE, says needs to be urgently reviewed..

Walking away from trouble

Many clubs do good work in reaching out to young offenders via their charitable foundations, aiming to turn teenage lives around. But come matchday those same clubs and the police can take hardline approaches towards criminalising those very same youths. The FSF has kick-started a scheme which seeks to improve the situation for football clubs, the police and most importantly, fans. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks explains more…

Wrexham fans challenge new police powers… and win

A father and son have successfully challenged the police over the use of new powers – setting an important legal precedent for fans and winning compensation in the process.

Football fans have rights too

Last weekend, the Superintendent of Nottinghamshire Police said that Mansfield Town fans heading to their match against Notts County were not welcome in the city centre. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us why its time to end such discriminatory thinking towards football fans…

Curb your enthusiasm: concourse behaviour has consequences

With some big away crowds expected over the FA Cup third round weekend, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at the issue of anti-social behaviour in the concourses…

Football-related arrests remain at historic low

Football-related arrests remain at historic low levels with Home Office statistics released today showing an increase of 22 arrests (a 1% rise) from the previous 12 months.

London supporters groups meet with police

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police’s Football Unit hosted a meeting attended by supporter representatives of most London clubs and dedicated football officers. Our caseworker Amanda Jacks was in attendance and has reported back on the meeting…

Alcohol restrictions: football fans must be seen as equals

Football fans are used to facing severe restrictions around drinking at the match – something fans of no other sport have to deal with. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks looks at the issue… 

Bristol City fans challenge police over “unjustified” use of dispersal powers

Bristol City fans who claim they were falsely imprisoned by West Midlands Police plan to take civil action against the force.

Green Street crowd congestion: no “shrugging of shoulders” from authorities

Crowd congestion and disorder marred the build up to West Ham United’s final game at Upton Park. The Met have now released a report on the incident and FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more…

Body worn cameras: nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

Excessive surveillance measure or more accountable officers? Dr Geoff Pearson, senior lecturer in criminal law at Manchester University, looks at the issue of police officers and body worn cameras…

Dispersal orders: what you need to know

Over the last week many fans have been in touch with us at FSF HQ concerned about police use of dispersal zones.

Coventry City fan “viciously assaulted” by police officer wins settlement

Nobody expects to attend a football match and still be dealing with the ramifications over four years later. But this is exactly what happened to Mark Wynn a 48-year-old, lifelong Coventry City fan.

An idiot’s guide to Football Banning Orders

You may have seen police press releases about football hooligans being reigned-in by Football Banning Orders in the news last week. FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about these orders, uniqe to football…

Dry trains – latest info

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) opposes laws and rules which discriminate against fans and “dry trains” – where alcohol is banned – fall into that category. However, we also believe it’s vital that fans know the lay of the land and stay up to date with dry trains that may affect their match-day travel.

Coach restrictions “draconian and intrusive” – FSF Faircop

Just how restrictive is the law around football fans’ travel? Even the most jaded football fan may be suprised, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about football fans, coach travel and the law…

Football related arrests continue to fall

For the third consecutive season, football arrests have fallen and have reached their lowest level on record – although you probably won’t read about it elsewhere, as football arrest figures only really seem to grab attention when they go up.

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