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FSF Southern Division to meet this Sunday

The next meeting of the Southern Division of the Football Supporters’ Federation will take place at The Franklin Rooms, Franklin Road, Gillingham, Kent on Sunday, February 8th 2009, starting 12.00 noon.  Lunch will be provided to everyone in attendance, but make sure to register with Southern Division secretary Julie Beattie so we know how much food to get in!

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Fan’s case was Crystal clear

The newly-formed Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) seems to be having an impact as news reaches us of a Crystal Palace fan who has been given a full refund after missing nine of his team’s games following some over-zealous stewarding.

PFA Fans’ Player of the Month voting opens

If you fancy getting on to the pitch and meeting your favourite player, check out the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month Award. Every month of the season, four fans who have voted for the divisional winners get the chance to present the award to the monthly winner on the pitch at a home game.  One of the yearly fan winners will also be invited to the PFA Player of the Year Awards dinner.

Sports bodies make free-to-air pledge

Eight of the UK’s best known sporting bodies, including the Football Association (FA) and Premier League, have banded together and pledged to keep their main events on free-to-air TV according a new voluntary code of conduct. The code’s signatories, organised by the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR), also include the governing bodies from athletics, cricket, football, golf, rugby league and tennis.

Premier League urge crackdown on illegal websites

The Premier League is urging the government to crackdown on websites illegally showing live matches and pub landlords who broadcast foreign feeds. While the league has concerns around the impact on live attendance most of its worries stem from the loss of TV revenue, both domestically and internationally.

NADS launch disabled fans’ initiative in Wigan

Our friends at the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) have announced an excellent scheme launched in collaboration with the Wigan Learning Disability Partnership Board, Wigan Athletic Football Club, and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club. The Never Watch Alone Initiative will enable supporters with a learning disability to attend matches alongside their fellow fans.

Visa advice for England’s trip to Kazakhstan

With England’s storming form in qualifying for South Africa 2010 it’s likely that more fans than expected will be making the trip across Europe and into Asia for the visit to Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 6th, 2009.

Fans’ Guide to Seville

England will travel to Seville to face Spain on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, looking for a sixth successive win although we’re sure the European Champions won’t make things too easy for us!

Visa advice for England’s trip to Kazakhstan

With England’s storming form in qualifying for South Africa 2010 it’s likely that more fans than expected will be making the trip across Europe and into Asia for the visit to Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 6th, 2009.

Section 27 update – police apologise to Stoke fans

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have apologised to a group of Stoke City fans who were forced to leave Manchester after police served them with Section 27 orders prior to their team’s away fixture with Manchester United on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

One in four consider giving up season ticket

Nearly one in four season ticket holders are considering cancelling their tickets and one in 10 are planning to share the cost with friends as recession fears bite football, according to new research from Virgin Money.

Fingerprinting fans is not the answer

News has emerged that West Midlands Police are planning to use mobile fingerprint scanning units to identify hooligans with banning orders as part of ‘Project Lantern’. The devices allow police to scan fingerprints and cross-check with their database to see if those stopped are subject to orders preventing them from attending matches.

Extra Time!

Last month’s Champion League draw gave us the tasty prospect of Jose Mourinho returning to England as his Inter Milan side journey to Old Trafford. We’re also savouring the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking on one of the world’s best centre-back pairings. Aside from being Inter’s most dangerous attacker, Zlatan produced the most ridiculous pass we’ve ever seen last month. Absolutely brilliant, but why didn’t he just head it?! Anyway, Zlatan likes a trick, and in his Ajax days showed himself capable of the sublime. How many times do they fall for the dummy?

Yorkshire meeting to take place at KitKat Crescent

The FSF Yorkshire Division will be meeting at the KitKat Crescent on Sunday, January 11 2009, with a buffet from midday, starting 1.00pm. Click here for directions to KitKat Crescent.

Catch up with the FSF in the NW

The next meeting of the North West and North Wales Division of the FSF takes place on Sunday, January 18 2009, 1pm start (buffet at 12.30pm) at the Llay Miners Welfare Institute, The Ring, Llay, Nr Wrexham, LL12 0TH.   At November’s meeting the division discussed Gam£ 39, football and the credit crunch, atmosphere and standing, policing and stewarding, and Team GB. New financial systems within the FSF were also discussed. These allow divisions their own kitty, meaning they can campaign on issue which matter to them.

Watching football is not a crime!

The Football Supporters’ Federation is delighted to announce we have teamed up with the civil rights organisation Liberty to fight for the rights of football fans who have been unjustly detained under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.

So what is Section 27?

Section 27 legislation allows police to move someone from a specified area for a period of up to 48 hours. No offence needs to have been committed for the act to be enforced: the legislation gives police the power to move on people who they say pose a risk of alcohol-related disorder.

How can I help challenge Section 27?

We’re absolutely delighted that Liberty have recognised that the use of Section 27 is totally inappropriate and breaches the basic civil liberties of football fans. With them, we plan to take this issue to court and set a precedent – Section 27 was never designed to police football fans, and it never should be.

What can I do if a Section 27 is served on me?

At present there’s very little you can do – which is why it is absolutely vital that this campaign succeeds. If you refuse to abide by the conditions of a Section 27, police can then arrest you.

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