Fan Mail Round Up - Football Supporter News and Developments

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 19 2019 12:32PM

Dear Members,

Before we go to the round up, we would like to congratulate the Bantams in celebrating our first win of the season and at home as well in defeating the Latics of Oldham Athletic by three gals to nil. We hope that we can take confidence from that and bring it to Stevenage tomorrow so that we can take their scalp as well.

Fans for Diversity

This is the campaigning arm of Football Supporters Association and Kick It Out that supports fans and clubs initiatives that draw wider communities into football at grass roots and professional levels. The campaign has a simple aim – to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure that all fans can feel safe and welcome at football. Football is the world’s greatest game and it is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any feature.

Fans For Diversity is putting on a conference on 20th September, and we are inviting members to come. It will be held in London at Amnesty International, New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA. It will be from 12pm (lunch), with a 1pm start, and close at 5pm. To find out more and register for the event click here.

Kick It Out on racist reaction on twitter and an upward trend in reported discrimination

We now come to why we must celebrate diversity over reactive division in our society. It came to our attention that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was racially abused on social media following Chelsea’s EUFA Super Cup match You can see Kick It Out’s Twitter statement here. This incident highlights an increase in reported cases of discrimination by a third from the end of last season. For further reading see the Kick It Out website here.

Clubs in Crisis

Moving on to another unfortunate situation, and we not only have Bolton Wanderers in financial difficulties, but we now have the Shakers – Bury FC, one of the EFL’s oldest clubs in danger of folding too. Channel 4 News have done a very good piece on the plight of Bury and Bolton, featuring FSA’s Chair, Malcolm Clark. Check it out here.

With all the TV money coming in, and the Premier League certainly getting the lions share, the FA Premier League could easily be in a position to redistribute the wealth in the game far more equally, together with greater accountability of football owners it would bring about healthier competition of the clubs and sustainability all round.

FSA statement on the urgent need for proper independent regulation amidst ongoing Bury crisis

"The need for better regulation isn’t just staring us in the face – it’s just done a two-footed tackle from behind on a rival striker and nutted the referee." Please read here to find out more.

"Cash is at the dark heart of this plan" - Enjoy the Premier League while it lasts

There is a well written article in The Independant recently about changes under foot to create a European super league. Not like we've not heard this before in years gone by but talks in Europe are at an advanced stage about how it will affect the PL and other top European leagues from 2024. Of course it's about global TV audiences not the traditions of supporters. The domestic impact invariably could be huge. Read more here.

Fan reps meet EFL executives - Summer 2019

Fan representatives from the EFL's three divisions met with then outgoing chief executive Shaun Harvey and other senior league officials in London on Friday 24th May. Read more here.

Away Fans Feedback

As some of you may know, the FSA (formerly known as FSF) conducts an annual survey in which it asks fans for their feedback on their away trips around the country. Since it began back in 2012, more than 20,000 fans have taken the time to give us their opinions. The 2019/20 survey is now live. You can access it here.

Liverpool fans push back against club’s trademark move

"After a magnificent summer of optimism and celebration for LFC, it is hard to contemplate such a controversial ill-thought out move"

Liverpool supporter group Spirit of Shankly have challenged the club to justify its attempts to trademark the word "Liverpool" and "the blatant monotisation of our football heritage". Read more here.

Notts County fans raised more than £4,000 to cover unpaid wages at the Club

Back in July fans rallied round their club to raise money for unpaid wages as the National League club faces ongoing financial issues and has been led by Notts County FC Supporters Association through a crowdfunding campaign. Read more here.

Lobbying for privately funded police at football is deeply concerning

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being asked to lobby politicians for a change in the law to allow police forces to charge clubs more for football policing. This will put more severe financial strain on smaller clubs. Read more here.

And finally, FSA AGM round up

The AGM passed a motion that BCST formerly backed, Motion 1: Club Licensing System - calling for an independent regulater of football clubs and their owners. Read to find out more about the day's events here.

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