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Free Lions 173 – Guide to Munich

England are back on the road this coming week as their Nations League campaign continues – this time against our old rivals Germany.

Stade de France: Patience before provocation “a testament” to Liverpool supporters

Following on from the weekend’s chaotic scenes at the Champions League final, UEFA have said an independent investigation will be taking place – but supporters remain adamant that serious change is needed to prevent a repeat.

Fans for Diversity lead Anwar Uddin awarded MBE

The Football Supporters’ Association’s Anwar Uddin has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2022, in recognition of his work leading the Fans for Diversity campaign and a playing career spanning more than 20 years.

Free Lionesses: Kicking off Euro 2022 preparations

Our Free Lionesses are back this summer and are looking forward to supporting fans through this year’s Euro 2022 tournament.

Liverpool MP calls for inquiry and apology after Stade de France debacle

Liverpool MP Ian Byrne has written to the Foreign Secretary urging her to intervene in the Stade de France debacle and push for an inquiry into the events surrounding the Champions League final.

#ICYMI: Süper Mario

Former-Man City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli is currently plying his trade with Adana Demirspor in the Turkish Süper Lig and on the final day of the season he racked up five goals during his side’s 7-0 demolition of already-relegated Göztepe. Among his five goals was this absolutely ludicrous step-over-plus-rabona-combo.

Pitch incursions – an end of season recap

Pitch incursions have been all over our screens in the past week, with a number of incidents in the Premier League, EFL play-off semi-finals, and non-league drawing widespread condemnation.

Gov’t to support expansion of licensed standing areas next season

The sports minister today announced that the Government is “minded to support the wider roll-out of licensed standing areas” for the start of next season.

FSA Cymru meet football authorities – May 2022

Earlier this month, supporter representatives from FSA Cymru met with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and senior figures from the Welsh police to discuss issues impacting Wales fans.

FSA Cymru guide to Poland

Wales are heading out to Poland at the start of June for their UEFA Nations League campaign and FSA Cymru have another handy guide for those of you making the trip.

Almost the greatest #ICYMI ever. Almost.

FC Alania Vladikavkaz provide this week’s #ICYMI with an ingenious / ludicrous (delete as appropriate) free kick routine that almost, almost pays off. Not sure they can get away with this one again.

FAO Ch’ship clubs: Take up Reading’s offer and save your fans money

Reading have announced that they are dropping the £20 away ticket price cap for fans visiting the Madejski Stadium – unless other clubs in the EFL offer reciprocal deals.

My Club, My Shirt: Bath City pay tribute to fans with exhibit

Bath City are the latest club to promote the diversity of their supporters with a “My Club, My Shirt” project – celebrating their fans with a portrait exhibition at their final home game earlier this month.

Flare play: Pyro and the law

Last weekend’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool might have been short on goals, even if it was a great game, but viewers will have noticed an abundance of smoke bombs.

Jake Daniels: “I am confident and happy to be myself”

Blackpool’s teenage striker Jake Daniels yesterday became the first professional footballer in more than 30 years to come out while playing. 

#ICYMI: Volleys

You may remember a few weeks back Dimitri Payet smashing in a thunderous volley for Marseilles in what was a real contender for the next Puskás Award. And this week CRB foward Anselmo Ramon shows he knows a thing or two about whacking in a volley from miles out, too. Terrific stuff.

Fan groups call for action over women’s game clashes

Fan groups across the women’s game have written to their clubs and football authorities to highlight the growing problem of fixture clashes with men’s football.

Champions League expansion from 2024 gets go-ahead

UEFA today confirmed that their much-criticised Champions League expansion will be going ahead in 2024, but some concessions have been made following supporter lobbying.

Queen’s Speech commits to new independent regulator of English football

The Government took another step towards fixing football governance by committing to create a new independent regulator for English football in today’s Queen’s Speech.

Fans groups across tell UEFA: “Stop it with the Superbowl knock-offs”

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) has once again outlined its opposition to UEFA future plans for European competition, with a statement co-signed by groups representing millions of matchgoing fans across the continent.

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