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Monthly Meeting Summary (Sep)

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

Every month FSF members meet with clubs, leagues, FAs, supporters’ clubs and other important groups like the cops to get a better deal for you, the fan. So if you’ve been lying awake at night thinking "What meetings have the FSF been to in September?" you really should seek professional help (after you’ve read the story below, obviously).

FA Judicial Panel Training (Tuesday 4th September, London) – FSF chair Malcolm Clarke received training for a possible future role in the FA’s disciplinary process. Malcolm sits on the FA Council as the fans’ representative for the FSF, Level Playing Field and Supporters Direct.

FSF Football Law Workshop (Tuesday 4th September, London) – The FSF pulled together a host of experts including fan-friendly solicitors, noted academics and a representative from civil-rights group Liberty. The aim was to share experiences and ideas for future collaboration in furthering the rights of supporters and the legal support available to them.

Among other items the group discussed Section 14b Football Banning Orders and complaints in relation to policing and stewarding. This included the issue of police filming fans which some supporters view as intrusive and provocative.

In attendance: Melanie Cooke (consultant solicitor for Bailey Nicholson Grayson Solicitors), Stephen Field (barrister), Amanda Jacks (FSF caseworker), Mark James (Salford Law School), Ken Malley (FSF National Council member), Lochlinn Parker (Deighton Pierce Glynn), Geoff Pearson (Football Industry Group, University of Liverpool), Ben Rowe (barrister), and James Welch (Liberty).

Supporters Direct Board Meeting (Wednesday 5th September 2012) – National Council member Ian Todd attended in his role as FSF representative. Normal internal SD business included an initial discussion on the value and lessons learned from the first joint FSF/SD conference (AKA the Fans’ Weekend).

Supporters Direct (Tuesday 11th September 2012) – FSF chair Malcolm Clarke met Supporters Direct with another FA Councillor in attendance.

Hampshire Constabulary (Wednesday 12th September) – The FSF’s Ken Malley met with Supt Rick Burrows to discuss future policing costs at Portsmouth FC (taking into account all possible scenarios regarding the club’s future). The results of last season’s ‘bubble matches’ between Pompey and Saints were analysed. The police felt they were a complete success as there was no disorder or violence at either match.

It was again promised that future fixtures would be decided on merit and that more ‘bubbles’ were not a certainty. Supt Burrows said that it was probable that only Portsmouth versus Southampton fixtures would be considered – a slight change in wording from previous declarations that it would only be games between Portsmouth and Southampton.

Supt Burrows agreed to attend any fans’ meetings in his area if requested and is also prepared to write for club programs and websites to explain policing decisions. Supt Burrows also sought fans’ views on safe standing.

FSF National Council meeting (Sunday 30th September, Altrincham) – The FSF’s National Council (the democratically elected body which oversees campaigns and policy) met and discussed; the FSF Supporters’ Survey, lessons from the Olympics, the Fans’ Weekend 2012, finances and fundraising, and the FSF EGM. Read FSF secretary Mike Williamson’s summary meeting report here.

Upcoming meetings:

  • The FSF EGM takes place on Sunday 18th November.
  • National Council member Ian Todd will attend the Supporters Direct board meeting on 28th November.

This is a summary of the FSF’s meetings throughout September, to see a more comprehensive list of the year’s meetings download FSF secretary Mike Williamson’s report here.

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