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The EFFC Panel Discussion on Sanctions on Friday night

More than 400 representatives of millions of football fans from 39 countries gathered over this weekend at the Amsterdam Arena for Football Supporters Europe’s (FSE) 6th annual European Football Fans Congress (EFFC).

The meeting was opened by Bernhard Fransen, the vice-president of the KNVB, and by a speech of UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino. Speaking for the first time at an EFFC, Infantino underlined the importance of UEFA's ongoing dialogue with fans.

"While players, coaches and even owners change with increasing frequency, supporters remain loyal to the colours they proudly wear," he said. "And because fans are the reason football exists at all, your voice has to be heard and fans have to help shape football's future. UEFA is proud to have established a dialogue with your representatives that allows us to share with you our thoughts and proposals but also lets us pick your brains, get your ideas, answer your complaints and evaluate your suggestions."

The participants went on to discuss safety and security measures and procedures and their impact on supporters, the forthcoming European tournaments in 2016 and 2020 and issues affecting smaller leagues across Europe as well other topics. Fans were also able to network and share experiences across a wide range of more informal and social activities. For the first time, European fans were joined during the discussions by supporters from Benin, Gabon and South Africa who came to establish networking contacts on a global level.

On Sunday FSE held their annual general meeting at which eight members of the executive committee were elected – Kevin Miles (England), Martin Endemann (Germany), Medhi Tazraret (France), Linda Hadorn (Switzerland), Victoria Dominguez (Spain), Michal Riecansky (Slovakia), Riccardo Bertolin (Italy) and Tina Hundahl Jensen (Denmark). 

FSE’s Chief Executive Daniela Wurbs said, “Once again fans from across the whole continent have proved that we have more that unites us than divides us and that we share many of the same problems. We have invested the weekend into developing solutions, and we’ll continue to press the fans’ case with the football authorities.” 

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