fanlawyersProblems with the authorities while watching your club

Looking at some of the so-called ‘hooligan legislation’ out there or the ongoing, and the almost natural further restriction of civil liberty rights of all football supporters in a match day context and beyond nowadays makes it sometimes hard to believe that most of us in fact aren’t evil creatures but nothing more than passionate supporters who want nothing more than to be valued by their clubs and follow their team. We don’t deny that there is violence and discriminatory behavior, too – but whilst it’s evidently a tiny minority of offenders, the laws, measures or intervention strategies often in place target or directly punish all fans collectively as a problem. And rather than preventing the escalation of conflicts, scientific evidence shows that these one-sided strategies are much more likely to make things even worse…


Therefore it's often very easy for a football fan to get into trouble, finding yourself arrested at a match, prosecuted and/or banned for unfair reasons, sometimes just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are numerous examples like that across the continent. And it gets particularly difficult when this happens abroad.

Building the Network

A balancing approach and support for these fans is desperately needed, which is why FSE started in the aftermath of the 4th 2011 FSE congress in Copenhagen to build a network of lawyers in Europe, who are experienced in dealing with their respective national legislation and fans. FSE aimed to bring them together to trigger better networking and exchange of expertise for their own benefit and for the fans they are working with. Luckily enough there was an overwhelming reaction to this idea and many lawyers got in touch with us, happy to join. Also many fans provided us with the details of lawyers they worked with on a day-to-day basis. At the moment the fan lawyer network consists of 27 members from 12 different countries. You can find a contact list for the members of the network below.

During the 5th FSE congress in Istanbul in 2012, the first meeting of the European Fans Lawyer Network took place in Fenerbahces Şükrü-Saracoğlu Stadium, where six lawyers from five different countries attended and the network was founded.  One of the outcomes from the meeting was the decision to produce an issue of the FSE “Revive the Roar” fanzine about football related legislations in different countries, which aims mainly towards fans following their teams abroad. We asked the members of the lawyer network the most important questions about regulations watching a football game in their country. We hope that in the future we´ll get even more countries covered and will then be able to put together an updated version of the fanzine, which you can download via the link below.


Expanding the network

We´re still looking to expand the fan lawyer network but do have to rely on your help with this. If you have any contacts to lawyers dealing with fans rights or defending supporters on a regular basis in YOUR country, let us know about them via email at

Please send us your contacts to lawyers that you know who are active in this context as soon as possible!





Austria: Mathias Kapferer, Innsbruck
Mag. Mathias Kapferer
Burggraben 4/4
6020 Innsbruck
Phone: 0043 /(0)512 58 19 59
Fax: 0043 / (0)512 58 19 19 

Austria: Manfred Arthofer, Linz
Manfred Arthofer
Anwaltssozietät Sattlegger Dorninger Steiner & Partner
Harrachstraße 6, 4020 Linz
Phone: 0043/676/588 15 94

Bulgaria: Kalin Angelov, Sofia
Kalin Angelov
Sredna gora 32
Sofia, 1303
Phone: 0035 9899 157031

England: Darren White, London
Darren White
Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors
8 Union Street
London SE1 1SZ
DX 144360 Southwark 4
Tel.: 0044 - 020 7407 0007
Fax: 0044 - 020 7407 0444

Germany: Marco Noli, Munich
Marco Noli
Ridlerstrasse 11
D-80339 Muenchen
Phone: 0049/89/50059130
Fax: 0049/89/500591311

Germany: Angela Furmaniak, Lörrach
Angela Furmaniak
Turmstraße 10
79539 Lörrach
Phone: 0049/7621/44766
Fax: 0049/7621/44767

Germany: René Lau, Berlin
Rechtsanwalt René Lau
Schlüterstraße 50
10629 Berlin
Phone: 0049/30/21477521
Fax: 0049/30/21477523

Germany: Waltraut Verleih, Frankfurt/Main
Waltraut Verleih
Rechtsanwältin und Fachanwältin für Strafrecht
Souchaystrasse 3,
60594 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: 0049 69-61093662
Fax: 0049 69-61093666

Germany: Jahn Albert, Nuremberg
Jahn-Rüdiger Albert
Gustav-Schickedanz-Str. 10
90762 Fürth
Phone: 0049/911/23991660
Fax: 0049/911/23991666

Germany: Ralf E. Peisl, Nuremberg
Ralf E. Peisl LL.M.
Fachanwalt für Strafrecht
Krelingstraße 33
90408 Nürnberg
Phone: 0049 911-6607550
Fax: 0049 911 66075517
Gerichtsfach 21

Greece: Aristidis Panagiotidis, Thessaloniki
Aristidis Panagiotidis
Fragkon 1
54621 Thessaloniki
Phone:  0030 6939500300

Greece: Kostas Tikpasanoglou, Thessaloniki
Kostas Tikpasanoglou
35 Polytechneiou Street, P.C. 54625, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: 0030 2315501720

Israel: Guy  Zaks, Tel Aviv
Guy  Zaks, Advocate (MBA)
Tel-Aviv, 50 Sokolov st'
Mobile– 972-52-3258826
Tel -  972-3-6054962
Fax   -  972-3-5449324

Italy: Lorenzo Contucci, Rome
Lorenzo Contucci
Viale delle Milizie 138
Phone: 0039 639038777

The Netherlands: Christian Visser, Amsterdam
Christian Visser
Meijers Canatan Advocaten
Herengracht 478
1017 CB Amsterdam
Phone: 0031206383606
Twitter: @voetbaladvocaat

Serbia: Bojan Buha, Novi Sad
Bojan Buha, Lawyer
Augusta Cesarca 15.
21000 Novi Sad
Phone: 00381 63 8363150

Spain: Erlantz Ibarrondo Merino, Madrid
Erlantz Ibarrondo Merino
28004 MADRID
Phone: 0034 690359161
Fax: 0034 914453960

Switzerland: Manuela Schiller, Zurich
Manuela Schiller
Anwaltsbüro Delphinstrasse
Delphinstrasse 5
8008 Zürich
Phone: 0041 44 251 80 10
Fax: 0041 44 262 00 40
twitter: @SchillerManuela

Turkey: Gürkan Özocak, Istanbul
Gürkan Özocak
Köksal&Partners Avukatlık Bürosu
Moda Caddesi, Belkıs Dilligil Sokak, No: 8/1 D: 1, Kadıköy



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