A review of all the major football talking points for you to reflect on this week



SFSA Exclusive By Ben Ramage

Former Scotland gaffer Craig Brown tells SFSA the upcoming Auld Enemy clash will be turning point for campaign. In an exclusive interview for the SFSA Ben Ramage hears that the Ex-Coach thinks the upcoming game can turn the group “on its head”.

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SFSA to write to the SFA looking for a summit on gambling

Over the past few months we have been pressing for more transparency and some action on the problems with gambling in the game. We are know about all our competitions being sponsored by betting companies and we also know that club officials and players are randomly being caught breaking the rules. Even the former compliance officer at the SFA says the rules need to be changed.

We will be writing to the SFA this week to officially call for a summit where these issues can be discussed openly and where our football authorities might learn about a way forward for the game. See and hear what we said on BBC Radio Scotland:

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BT promises to help Scottish football

We need TV to support our game and the fans need the Broadcasters to engage with them to get their views across and to hopefully work together for the good of the game. There are too many closed doors meetings between football authorities and broadcasters where the fans views are not heard. In the coming months we will be trying to rectify that.

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If you don't know the name Vivo you soon will!

Global football body FIFA announced another Chinese sponsor on Wednesday, saying that Smartphone maker Vivo will be a backer for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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UK fans the most passionate?

A survey by Champions League sponsor MasterCard has seen British football fans voted the most passionate in Europe. ‘The 12th Man’ study saw 32% vote for British fans, ahead of 16% for Spanish fans and 12% for Italian fans. Sadly we have not seen the breakdown within the UK but we are sure that fans in Scotland and the North of England would feature heavily. 

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The gulf between rich and poor gets bigger

The 20 Premier League clubs earned record income of £3.649bn in the last year before the more lucrative TV deal began, a Guardian analysis has revealed. The financial statements of the clubs in the Premier League in 2015-16, the most recent year for which accounts have been published, showed they made £200m more than in the previous year that was itself a record. What this will mean of course is that here in Scotland the gulf between us and our near neighbours just keeps on growing. Reinventing ourselves we believe has never been more important.

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