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



Last call for questions

With just the small matter of a game against the auld enemy to come the season is just about over for most folks. However, here at the SFSA we are gearing up for a massive summer campaign and a major fans conference in Belgium as a member of Football Supporters Europe.
This is the last opportunity to submit questions that will be included in our research papers so please do get in touch with ANYTHING that you want reviewed in Scottish Football. Send to questions@scottishfsa.org.

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Football for girls builds confidence

With a huge growth in girl's football across the world and our Scottish National team providing a rare glimmer of hope to the national game we see her just how important football can be for girls

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The Lisbon Lions will never be repeated

The night of the Lisbon Lions, the match that made household names of Jock Stein and Billy McNeill as Scotland's Glasgow Celtic defeated Italian side Internazionale Milano 2-1, becoming the first team from Great Britain to lift the trophy. Here we have an excellent Blog looking at the glory of sport in the 1960's and why it will never happen again.

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Dundee United v Hamilton Accies shows Scottish Football's reliance on the bookie

The World of Athletic reviewing its sponsorship arrangements-
Athletics must expand its range of sponsors as it seeks revenue to grow the sport nationally and internationally, the president of USA Track & Field (USATF) said in an interview with Reuters. "Our incredible dependence upon one industry, the shoe companies and the apparel companies, is an unsustainable model," said Vin Lananna, speaking at his Eugene, Oregon office on Wednesday.

Meanwhile here in Scotland we have trackside advertising from 8 yes 8 different bookmakers at the recent play off match. We said it before but this over reliance on bookmakers is not a healthy position for our game. Read more here.

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Clean means clean - drug testing in Scottish Football

Read this excellent opinion piece by our Staff Reporter Donald Stewart 

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The digital fan experience USA style that Aberdeen could consider

Technology provider Built.io, which powers organizations’ digital growth, announced its new fan experience initiative that will help sports teams reimagine how they interact digitally with today’s connected fan. Something for Aberdeen to consider as they work through the new stadium plans.
The Digital Fan Experience Platform is a combination of three different Built.io products and services, some of which have already been leveraged by the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat for their team and venue apps

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FIFA accepts that there have been human rights abuses in Russia

Since Scotland took on a friendly against Qatar 18 months ago the SFSA have alongside many others been highlighting the concerns about playing World Cups in Qatar and Russia. Now even FIFA accepts that there have been human rights issues in Russia. Sadly, the weak football authorities that make up FIFA have no backbone to do anything about it. Read More here:

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Fan ownership going nowhere in England?

Massive set back for fan ownership at Portsmouth fans ditch control for the hope of chasing the dream.... with some else's money. This leaves the highest profile club in community ownership as Exeter City and the organisation that advocates community ownership (Supporters Direct)

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