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Government holds line: no return for fans planned

MPs once again grilled the Government on its stance that, prior to the latest national lockdown, barred football fans from returning to stadiums.

#ICYMI: Altibajos

A real gem of a clip from Spain’s regional leagues for #ICYMI this week – capturing the highs and lows of football perfectly. Goalkeeper scoring, late equalisers and long range lobs. It packs it all in.

Why so few British Asians in football?

Despite making up around 7% of the UK population, currently only 0.3% of professional footballers are of British Asian origin. In a new survey, we are looking to get fans’ views on why they think this is, and what can and should be done to improve representation from the British Asian community. 

Safety Advisory Groups: “Communication is half the battle”

At a national level the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) is in regular contact with the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) which brings many benefits for supporters and the authorities.

#ICYMI: Mari-no

Brazilian Thiago Martins, currently playing for Yokohama Marinos in the J-League, is the unlucky subject of this week’s #ICYMI. Already one-nil down to Sanfrece Hiroshima, his defensive ineptitude put his side further in the mire with an hour gone, as the referee had no time for his meek appeals for offside.

“Be as authentic as possible” says leading female black coach

Liverpool and Derby County fan Alena Moulton, who is now head coach at Stoke City women, is one of only two black female managers in the top three tiers of the women’s game.

Restrictions and contradictions mean no level playing field in non-league

A mixture of patchwork local restrictions and lack of a uniform approach to dealing with COVID-19 threatens the future of non-league clubs this season, as additional measures brought in to quell the pandemic in different regions are leaving an uneven playing field. 

Pay-per-view and fan response to continue – for now

The Premier League is set to retain its pay-per-view (PPV) system for the next two rounds of games despite its unpopularity with supporters.

#ICYMI: Peashooter

Former-Manchester United and West Ham United forward Javier Hernández is plying his trade in the MLS these days with LA Galaxy. If he keeps up the good work seen in this clip against Vancouver, we’re sure he’ll be a big hit.

FSA AGM 2020 – Save the date!

This year’s Football Supporters’ Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Friday 11th December 2020.

Fans invited to “Celebrating Our Football Heritage Workshop”

The FSA is supporting an online workshop looking at the work going on to preserve football’s rich heritage and supporters are encouraged to sign-up.

Non-league funding solution ‘unfair and unjustified’ say Chester FC

Chester FC have written to the National League to ask for clarification on how the financial support package announced yesterday was determined, following a deal between the league and the National Lottery to provide emergency funding to clubs.

Jack Leslie campaign: “Time has long passed – he deserves recognition”

Earlier this year we told you about the Jack Leslie campaign – a movement to get a pioneering black player recognised with a new statue outside Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park.

FSA Statement: European Super League

Earlier today it was reported that Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United are in talks with Europe’s biggest football clubs about on their secret plans to join a new FIFA-backed tournament that would create a de facto European Super League.

Fans donate thousands to country’s foodbanks in PPV protest

Thousands of fans donated money to their local foodbanks this weekend instead of paying for access to see their teams play over the Premier League’s opening pay-per-view weekend.

Interview: The 10-year-old Toffee pushing for change

Earlier this month, we told you about the campaign started by ten year old Everton fan Anna Mallanaphy who is calling on the broadcasters to address a fixture clash between the men’s and women’s game that will mean many could miss out on the Women’s FA Cup final.

ICYMI: Kráva

They say that football is a universal language. Listening to the expletives coming from behind the camera at this Czech non-league game, following an absolute horror show of a miss, one would have to agree.

Petition secures Parliamentary debate on fan lock out

A petition to get fans back into football grounds in line with other sectors of the economy has secured a Parliamentary debate after reaching almost 200,000 signatures.

Newcastle United fans call for action on £7m worth of missing refunds

Newcastle United fans are still waiting on an estimated £7m worth of season ticket refunds – and now supporters are calling for urgent action from the Premier League club.

Fan groups unite to condemn Project Big Picture

The fan groups of the six leading Premier League clubs widely reported to be behind the instigation of ‘Project Big Picture’ have united to denounce the plans, saying they are “totally opposed” to the concentration of power in the hands of six billionaire owners, and attacking the proposals for their lack of consultation. 

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