The much-discussed coming out of an active professional footballer is still pending. Fans are often seen as the main problem in this process. But other football fans, ones that stand up against homophobia and engage for an open football culture, they exist too.
In Paris, the Fans’ Embassies met for an evaluation of their work and set tracks for their upcoming challenge: the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The FSE Committee decided to make contributions of 1000 euros each to two groups from Germany and Croatia.
2,975 safe standing rail seats have been installed in one corner of Celtic Park and it was packed with fans for a friendly fixture against German side Wolfsburg.
Only all too often, these measures are suggesting that all fans are a problem, they are imposed without sufficient evidence presented and/or without complying with basic judicial principles, such as hearings of the accused or the presumption of innocence before proven guilty.
As Football Supporters Europe (FSE), we are hereby documenting the statement from our members from the Fenerbahce supporters group 1907 ÜNIFEB on travel bans issued against all Fenerbahce supporters for their Champions League qualifying match against AS Monaco on 3rd August 2016:
The three day conference which received support by various partners and the City of Izmir, and will see more than 500 football fans and officials from across Europe, the US and South America taking part, thereby making it the biggest international gathering of this kind ever hosted in the country.
Fans’ Embassies and related services for travelling supporters under the project RESPECT FAN CULTURE provided help and information on match days for supporters following their teams and reported a high demand from fans throughout the tournament. In total there were 160 volunteers and staff members running Fans’ Embassies info points around every match at the tournament.
More than 500 supporters and football representatives from 15 countries across Europe, the US and Argentina are registered already.
We are shocked and devastated in view of the sudden death of a good friend and coordinator of the Belgium Fans’ Embassy, Erik Reynaerts. He has been a founding member of Belgian Supporters, he was the Supporter Liaison Officer of the Belgian Football Association, long-time fan activist and above all he will be remembered as a cheerful and passionate human being. Erik died today, on Monday, 27 June 2016, following a severe heart attack after yesterday's match.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones now. We wish them all the strength, unity and love required to help them through these coming days and weeks of grief and sorrow.
We are devastated in view of the sudden death of a good friend and life-long passionate supporter of Bologna FC.
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