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Libel laws and fans’ fury

Sheffield Wednesday fan Alex Lawson remembers a time when “interaction” meant a wave from the manager in the general direction of the crowd. How has t’net changed all that in an age when fans can publish their opinion to thousands? 

FA boss Bernstein to address FSF/SD Supporters Summit

Chair of The FA David Bernstein is to address the FSF/SD Supporters Summit on Saturday 22nd June at The FA’s training base at Burton-upon-Trent. Tickets for the event are available from only £15 and include a free tour of St George’s Park.

Coming to a ground near you later this year…

Non-League Day, the campaign to promote semi-professional and grassroots football, returns for a fourth consecutive season on Saturday 7th September 2013.

The Three Lions head to Rio

England play Brazil on Sunday 2nd June in the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, and the FSF England Fans’ Embassy team will be out on the beaches of Brazil handing out Free Lions. You have to feel for them, don’t you?

Majority of fans want “tough sanctions” on discrimination and clearer ways to report abuse

Football fans across the country have called for tough and consistent action to be taken against perpetrators found guilty of discrimination, according to a major consultation conducted by Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign.

Time to bring alcohol back to the stands?

Daniel Storey writes on the issue of alcohol in grounds – does the ban on drinking within view of the pitch make sense in the context of the modern game?

Free Lions 129 (Brazil v England)

England play Brazil on Sunday 2nd June in the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, and the England Fans’ Embassy team have hauled themselves to the beaches of Brazil to hand out Free Lions 129. It’s a tough life, isn’t it?

Experiencing the ‘Yellow Wall’

Last weekend a group of fans travelled to Borussia Dortmund to view the safe standing facilities on offer at the Westfalenstadion, and to speak to fan leaders and club employees about the relationship between the club and its supporters.

Championship clubs set to push for safe standing trials

A big thumbs up to today’s news from The Independent: “The Football League is facing mounting pressure to back trials for safe standing after an overwhelming majority of Championship clubs went against the League’s stance and voted in favour of permitting trials at a meeting earlier this season.” Read more here…

Ticket news and Free Lions Guide to Rio

The Three Lions travel to Rio for the friendly against Brazil on Sunday 2nd June and members of englandfans should already have applied for their tickets.

Pompey back FSF Safe Standing Campaign

Portsmouth are the 24th club to officially back the Football Supporters’ Federation‘s Safe Standing Campaign. Chief Executive Mark Catlin said he was “delighted” to join the growing list of clubs calling for a safe standing trial.

Pub split for Wembley (Championship and Champions League)

The Met Police have asked the FSF to pass on information regarding the Championship and Champions League finals at Wembley on Saturday 25th and Monday 27th May. Pubs in the area of Wembley Stadium will be designated to specific sets of supporters. If you’re travelling to Wembley check out the information below to avoid any pub-based confusion.

Barry Town Staying Alive

Ken Gaunt, a former football reporter for the Press Association, reports on the plight of Barry Town.

Football Without Fans Is Nothing

Supporters have been putting aside traditional club rivalries lately to see what can be done about spiralling ticket prices. Back in January the FSF organised meetings in the North West and London and, in the past week, Spirit of Shankly did the same. SoS tell us what the key messages were from their first event, which took place on Thursday 9th May at The Static Gallery, Liverpool…

Play-off pub split for Wembley (League One and League Two)

The Met Police have asked the FSF to pass on information regarding the play-off finals on Saturday and Sunday. Pubs in the area of Wembley Stadium will be designated to specific sets of supporters. If you’re travelling to Wembley check out the information below to avoid any pub-based confusion.

Who are the champions of football travel?

The Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) is an independent charity providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems. Of late the Campaign has been looking at how football fans get to matches and what problems they have getting there without a car. More from CfBT below…

Turner Prize winner wants to hear from fans

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry is working on a three-part series for Channel Four called Portraits of Modern Britain – and he’d like to hear from football fans who want to get involved.

Free Lions Guide to Rio (Brazil)

England fans looking forward to their trip to Rio for the friendly against Brazil on Sunday 2nd June can now finally buy their tickets for the game from the FA. Tickets go on sale to englandfans members from midday on Tuesday 14th May until 3pm on Friday 17th May.

Fans: “We’re paying £200 too much for season tickets”

Premier League fans believe they are paying £213 too much for season tickets, according to new research from the Virgin Money Football Fans’ Index. The research shows season ticket holders in the top-flight believe the fair price to pay is £456. However, the average price for a 2012/13 season ticket across all 20 Premier League clubs this season was £213 higher at £669, and looks set to rise next season despite price freezes at some clubs. The study also looked at the Football League and found the average price

The cost of following your team

We’re sure you’re aware that the cost of football is rising; we’ve been banging on about it for some time, after all. Rather than talking in generics, though, it’s sometimes helpful to have a look at some cold, hard figues. The excellent Newcastle United blog nufc.com has done just that and points out that fans who travelled to every away game this season will have forked out an average of £40 a match for their 19 Premier League tickets – a rise of 10% in just one year.

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