A review of all the main talking points you need to reflect on this week.

That was the football week - 15/11/16



Regan must go to allow change says Waddel

Gordon Waddell is one of Scotland's most respected sports journalists and one of the few who is not scared to say what he believes. However, it might mean the next time he visits Hampden Park he just might he will be deprived of a half time pie at half time! He is the first, but we suspect not the last journalist to state that until we see a change in leadership at the top of our game, nothing will change. He says that the current structure and its leadership are not fit for purpose and it is time for radical reform.

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2016 Fans Awards - by fans for fans!

Scotland and StrachanOur original plan was to launch these awards in May as a season end activity. We are glad to say that with so many other awards happening at that time of year we decided to make these Annual Awards for a calendar year! It might just be a very small example of fans getting a say; but we believe it will be a very small step of making sure everyone listens to supporters.

So get voting for the first ever awards that have been created by Fans for Fans. It takes just 5 minutes to enter and we will announce the winners either late December of early January - hopefully live on Radio!

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Homophobia still a problem for our game

Recently we highlighted the Stonewall Scotland report on Homophobia in Football in Scotland. This showed just how much work had to be done to eradicate the deep rooted prejudice that still exists in our game. We have written to the Scottish Government looking at developing some plans to tackle this and we will keep you posted on how these discussions progress. Meanwhile, at Westminster the Culture, Media and Sport Committee hears from sportsmen and women as part of its inquiry into Homophobia in Sport. 


Playfair Qatar petition

Qatar is offering excitement action and adventure at the 2022 World Cup.... if they get to host it! We at the SFSA steadfastly support our friends at Playfair Qatar, so please help us by signing this petition and spreading the word to tell UEFA to support workers rights.

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Heid the baw...

A lot has been discussed about the health risks to heading footballs. Now football is looking to allow medics to assess concussion on replays.
Doctors could be allowed to watch TV replays of collisions from the touchline next season and then have matches stopped in response to growing concerns about the dangers of concussion. Medics would be given time to assess whether a head injury required a player to be substituted, if the International Football Association Board presses ahead with granting approval at its annual meeting in March.

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In Engerland

Brighton are offering fans the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes on match day using a virtual reality experience, the first of its kind in Great Britain. The technology takes supporters to the heart of the action and will be launched in the family stand at the Amex stadium for the Seagulls' Sky Bet Championship game against Aston Villa on November 18, live on Sky Sports.

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At the SFSA this week

  • Discussions continue with a Broadcaster regarding sponsorship of the Fans Awards.
  • A new agreement with an international partner is being worked through in time for our December Newsletter.
  • Several hundred individual new members joined in the last fortnight - with group members still to be added we will confirm the revised total next week when we adjust the membership total.
  • Draft Proposal send to the Scottish Government in association with Stonewall Scotland.
  • Events arranged for Aberdeen and Motherwell with Union Berlin FC Fans representative Jacob Rösler.