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European fan groups begin work post-merger

The two organisations that represent and work on behalf of football supporters at European level have begun working together this week following an agreement to merge earlier this summer.

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and Supporters Direct Europe (SD Europe) can confirm both organisations have formally begun operating as one organisation from Saturday 1st October 2022.

The members of both FSE and SD Europe voted in favour of a merger between the organisations at their respective BGM and AGM in July 2022.

Retaining the name ‘Football Supporters Europe’, the merged body says it will marry key priorities including: the protection of supporters’ fundamental rights, safeguarding the future of European football, anti-discrimination, fan ownership and heritage, fans’ embassies, development of the supporter liaison officer role, and campaigns such as “Europe Wants To Stand” and the “Win It On The Pitch” European Citizens’ Initiative petition.

Ronan Evain, executive director of FSE said: “The decision taken by the members of FSE and SD Europe to align together as one organisation with a unified, democratic voice for all supporters encompassing a wide variety of priorities signals a seismic shift in the football world.

“This milestone demonstrates supporters’ collective commitment to cooperation and will cement our position as a major stakeholder in the European game.”

The Football Supporters’ Association is represented at FSE by chief executive Kevin Miles who sits on the board. Additionally, head of FSA Cymru Paul Corkrey is also an FSE board member.

Sofia Bohlin, chair of SD Europe and newly elected FSE Board Member, said: “The new merged FSE will continue to champion the work of both of its predecessors and provide scope to strengthen and expand these areas as a part of a unified European supporters organisation, in addition to exploring new areas of focus in an ever-changing football landscape.”

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