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Top-flight fans message to Premier League: “Let us watch our teams!”

Last week the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) had discussions with the Premier League which indicated that 160 of the season’s 380 games would not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21. They still insist this will be the case.

Influential MP and fans call on Premier League to reverse broadcast “lock out”

The chair of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters has written to the Premier League and called upon it reconsider its position on restricting broadcast access to UK audiences during the current pandemic.

EFL to broadcast all matches while attendance restrictions remain

The EFL have agreed a “flexible framework” with Sky Sports, to allow all EFL games not already being televised to be streamed online via its iFollow platform.  

Sustain the Game: Support continues to grow

Since its launch on Friday the Sustain The Game! message has reached millions across the UK – and the list of signatories to the campaign continues to grow.

Sustain The Game: “No silver bullet” says Pompey chief exec

On Friday we launched our Sustain The Game! campaign and since then it has been endorsed by supporters and high-profile figures across the game – here Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin argues that regulation must be strengthened but there are no easy answers or “one size fits all” solutions…

ICYMI: Dashed

Sadly, there will be no clubs from the Best League In The World™ in the final of this year’s European Cup, which is instead being contested on Sunday by a fizzy pop manufacturer and a proxy for the Qatari state. Manchester City might have made it to the final if not for Raheem Sterling’s atrocious miss against Lyon – proving that even the best can make mistakes.

Fan groups, politicians and pundits call for urgent action to protect the “very existence” of clubs

Supporters’ groups from across the country have joined forces with politicians and pundits to launch “Sustain The Game!” – a new campaign which calls for urgent action from the authorities to protect the existence of clubs throughout the game.

Women’s football: Nine out of 10 fans will return

Nine out of 10 fans in the women’s game say they will return to watch live football, according to a new survey by the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA).

Pressure builds on Government to change non-league guidance

Pressure is building on the Government to update their guidance currently prohibiting the return of fans to non-league football despite other areas of the economy opening up.

#ICYMI: Hammerzeit

Borussia Dortmund smashed Austrian minnows Rheindorf Altach 6-0 this week as they began their pre-season preparations ahead of the Bundesliga kicking off next month. Amidst the hammering, though, came this hilarious miss from young forward Immanuel Pherai. Great stuff.

South Wales Police suffer facial recognition setback

The use of live facial recognition technology by South Wales Police is unlawful, according to a new ruling from the Court of Appeal which could have significant implications for football fans.

Cylchlythyr FSA Cymru Awst 2020

Er ein bod yn ceisio bod mor gywir â phosibl wrth greu’r cylchlythyr hwn, cofiwch fod y sefyllfa’n newydd o’r naill ddydd i’r llall.

FSA Cymru update: August 2020

Welcome to FSA Cymru’s third update of 2020 – which will of course be navigating the potential return to live football in the coming months…

Senior football in Bury: the future is supporter-led

Today the FA confirmed that Steve Dale’s application for Bury FC to join the National League System for the 2020/21 season has not been accepted by its Alliance Leagues Committee and this decision has now been ratified by the FA Council. Here the FSA’s head of national game and community ownership Andy Walsh explains why that decision was the right one and how the future of football in the town is supporter-led…

#ICYMI: Simon the Elf

To the Allsvenkan this week, where Elfborg’s Simon Olsson treats us all to a genuinely impressive miss against IK Sirius. We hope, with Elfsborg coming back to draw 3-3 and no-one there to see it, this gem isn’t forgotten.

Salary cap voted through by League One and Two clubs

League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of introducing a salary cap which will come into effect immediately.

FSA statement: Droylsden resign from NPL

Non-league side Droylsden have pulled out of the Northern Premier League saying the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left them “no alternative”.

Kids’ competition time: win one of four football flags

Whether you’re looking for an outlet for some creativity, catching up on homeschooling or getting the kids ready for the return to school in September, our workbook aimed at KS3+ age children could be what you’re after, and there’s a little bonus in the shape of our prize draw.

Newcastle United fans demand answers from Premier League

Newcastle United fans say they have been “ignored by the Premier League” following the collapse of the club’s takeover and the leading supporters’ group on Tyneside is now demanding answers.

Lewes FC: Celebrating ten years of community ownership

Earlier this month, Lewes FC reached the incredible milestone of 10 years’ in community-ownership. To mark the occasion, SD Europe spoke to the football club’s Chair Stuart Fuller and the FSA’s community-owned clubs network manager Richard Irving to dig deeper into this remarkable achievement – an interview reproduced with the permission of SD Europe below…

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