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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.

Section 27 has been served on me!

In that case, we want to hear from you. If you’ve had a Section 27 served on you and had given police no reason to think you would be involved in alcohol related disorder, fill in our online form and email it to us. We will treat your information in the strictest confidence, and will not pass anything on to the police.

Fifa likely to back Team GB despite fan opposition

Fifa’s rulers are on the brink of granting formal approval for a Great Britain football team to compete at the London 2012 Olympic games.

Update: Berlin public transport fines

It has come to our attention that some England fans in Berlin for last month’s friendly with Germany got a nasty surprise, leaving with emptier pockets than they had bargained for.

Update: Berlin public transport fines

It has came to our attention that some England fans in Berlin for last month’s friendly with Germany got a nasty surprise, leaving with emptier pockets than they had bargained for.

Fergie gives Game 39 the hairdryer treatment

Manchester United may be out in Japan for the Fifa Club World Cup, but Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed Richard Scudamore’s plans for globalisation of the Premier League. Ferguson was furious Premiership clubs weren’t even consulted before Scudamore announced his plans for what the FSF dubbed Game 39, back in February.

Bayern call on UEFA to introduce wage cap

As Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal await Friday’s draw for the next  phase of the Champions League, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Michel Platini UEFA should impose a salary cap on the competition.

OFT launch investigation into United ticket scheme

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into Manchester United, following a complaint by the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST). MUST submitted documents to the OFT in November on the back of numerous complaints from its 35,000 members and other match-going fans regarding the club’s Automatic Cup Scheme (ACS).

Section 27 been served on you? We want to know

Last month we reported on the case of Stoke City fans who, prior to their club’s fixture with Manchester United at Old Trafford, found themselves forcibly taken back to Stoke under threat of arrest. The police were able to take this action due to Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006.

Ticket prices dropped for Blues trip to Fulham

Chelsea have agreed to drop prices for 16-21 year olds for their Premier League trip to Craven Cottage on Sunday, December 28, 2008, following discussions between the club and the Football Supporters’ Federation. Over the past week we’ve received numerous complaints from Chelsea supporters who pointed out that the club were not passing on discounted tickets which were on offer to Fulham’s fans. This would appear to be in breach of the FA Handbook which states visiting supporters should not be charged more than home fans for comparable seats. Notably the rule makes specific reference to concessionary tickets.

It’s all Double Dutch

The FA have announced an away friendly against Holland at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 12 2009. This will be the first of two friendlies against the Dutch, the second is scheduled for Wembley Stadium on 10th August 2011.

It’s All Double Dutch

The FA have announced an away friendly against Holland at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 12 2009. This will be the first of two friendlies against the Dutch, the second is scheduled for Wembley Stadium on 10th August 2011.

Championship chairman look to salary cap

Today’s Guardian reports that there is increasing support for a salary cap in the Championship, with many chairman raising their heads above the parapet publicly. While the credit crunch is having some impact on Premier League clubs they are, for the time being, protected by their record-busting £2.7 billion TV deal that will run until May 2010.

Ronaldo scoops Ballon d’Or

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scooped the 2008 Ballon d’Or ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres of Liverpool.

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