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FSF brings together fans and officials at Sunderland

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) will host a meeting on Tuesday 19th February between Sunderland fans and club officials to discuss problems relating to standing at home matches. See below for registration and timings.

Persistent standing in seated areas has led to some confrontations between supporters and stewards in the lower tier of the South Stand. A number of fans have also had their season tickets deactivated.

The FSF has invited representatives of the club to meet with those fans affected. The national supporters’ organisation said it hopes to work with both sides to find a mutually satisfactory conclusion.

Peter Daykin, who leads the FSF’s Safe Standing Campaign, said: “Sunderland AFC has safety obligations which need to be met while fans want to get behind their team and create the best atmosphere possible. We hope this meeting can find a solution which achieves both these aims.”

The meeting will focus specifically on the issue of standing and how current problems can be resolved. The meeting is not a forum for complaints about individual stewards or specific incidents which can be addressed through the club’s internal procedures or via the FSF.

  • To register email your name to
  • The meeting is free, open to all fans and takes place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19th February, upstairs in the Isis Pub, 26 Silksworth Row, Sunderland, SR1 3QJ

If you require wheelchair access please let us know when registering.

Thanks to Action Images for the image used in this article.

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