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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…