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(Nyon, Switzerland, April 14, 2020) — FIFA should back its 2017 Human Rights Policy by ensuring accountability, transparency and remedy at the highest levels of football, a landmark report by FIFA’s independent human rights advisory board has recommended.

Martedì, 14 Aprile 2020

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The ongoing outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 presents significant, if not unprecedented, challenges for every section of society, and that includes football and the arts.

Giovedì, 09 Aprile 2020

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(Nyon, Switzerland, March 20, 2020) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and global sport organizations have a responsibility to demonstrate the highest standards of transparency, consultation and citizenship as the world addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) and the World Players Association said today. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 24, with the Paralympics starting on August 25.

Sabato, 21 Marzo 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented situation which requires all football stakeholders to work together to ensure the best outcomes, both with regards to short-term issues around competitions and longer-term consequences for the sport in general. This includes players, clubs, associations, leagues, and, of course, supporters and supporters’ groups.

In view of UEFA’s announcement earlier today, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following points, made on behalf of its Board and after consultation with its membership and Fans’ Embassies:

  • Safety must come first (players, employees, fans and the wider public) and FSE commend UEFA for recognising and acting upon this by suspending its competitions until further notice. Football must take all necessary actions to prevent or limit the spread of the virus.
  • The postponement of UEFA EURO 2020 to the summer of 2021 is the right decision. This offers clarity to match-going fans as well as ensuring domestic stakeholders have more flexibility to continue national competitions at a later stage.
  • Again, FSE applauds UEFA for clarifying that existing ticket buyers will be refunded in full if they cannot attend the tournament in 2021. This will reduce the financial impact on travelling fans.
  • FSE acknowledges that the UEFA EURO 2020 Play Off matches are now intended to be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation. All stakeholders should, however, remain mindful of the risks to players, workers and fans, as well as the ethical issues around continuing the season while a serious public health crisis is ongoing.
  • FSE thinks it is a wise decision to put the European Club Competitions on hold until further notice and create a working group to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season. We are hoping any decisions made on these competitions will be announced in due course.
  • In any case, FSE firmly believes that hosting European games behind closed doors should only be considered as a last resort.
  • To increase transparency and acceptance of upcoming measures from the wider public, UEFA should continue to involve fan organisations in its on-going crisis management. UEFA should also encourage all national football associations to do the same with their respective fans’ organisations.

On a final note, FSE would like to highlight and praise the role played by fans during the crisis: first, for their understanding and sense of responsibility in the face of extraordinary circumstances; and second, for their proactive involvement in community initiatives aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and helping those most in need.

Football is important, but not so important that it cannot wait. Over the coming weeks and months, we urge everybody to pull together in solidarity with all those affected by the crisis.

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Ahead of today’s videoconference involving national associations, clubs, leagues and players’ representatives, FSE & SD Europe spoke with UEFA's top management regarding the current situation and impact that the spreading of #COVID19 has on football competitions and football fans. We will remain in close contact during these difficult times to ensure our members are well informed and their concerns heard. We look forward to the outcomes of today's videoconference.

 

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Over the past two months or so, a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 that emerged in the Hubei province of China has spread across the globe. In response, national governments and other authorities have begun to introduce measures to contain and/or slow this spread. Some of these measures—including a prohibition on large gatherings—have naturally affected spectator sports, including football.

Martedì, 10 Marzo 2020

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For the past two years, the Portuguese national supporters’ organisation, Associação Portuguesa de Defesa do Adepto (APDA), has been campaigning against the government’s plan to introduce an identification card for football fans.

Giovedì, 05 Marzo 2020

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In December 2019, the Erasmus+ LIAISE project came to an end after two years of training workshops and exchange visits.

Giovedì, 05 Marzo 2020

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A recent report released by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) shows that standing options—such as rail seats and seats with barriers—have improved safety in the topflight.

Mercoledì, 12 Febbraio 2020

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As you are no doubt already aware, the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) 2020 Summer Network Meeting will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, from 23rd to 26th July. The weekend will be hosted by AGF Fanclub Aarhus and Danske Fodbold Fans, the Danish national fans’ organisation. Both are long-standing, active members of the FSE network.

Venerdì, 07 Febbraio 2020

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On 23rd January, Fuβballfans gegen Homophobie (FFGH) hosted the second transnational network meeting of OUT!, a Football Supporters Europe-led (FSE) initiative aimed at tackling homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in football.

Mercoledì, 05 Febbraio 2020

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