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

Scottish Government and football

In England the Football Association tabled a take-it-or-leave-it package of reforms yesterday in an attempt to stave off the threat of its structure being outlawed and England being thrown out of the World Cup.
But the changes were immediately branded “superficial” and “a sham” last night by campaigners angry at their failure to deal fully with the deadwood and the lack of diversity on the governing body’s board and council.
Meanwhile here in Scotland there seems to have been little concern raised about the poor governance and lack of transparency in recent years from Hampden Park. There are many commentators who have felt that the relationship between the football authorities and Government has been far too cosy. That might be about to change, read more here:

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Good news for the thousand of community coaches in Scottish Football

Volunteers is not only good for the local community but also brings with it health benefits to those participants new research has found. Read more here:

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Is Scottish football inclusive?

Much has been made of the last few months about the continued presence of racism, homophobia and sectarianism in Scottish football. The SFSA will over the coming weeks seek to find new ways to try to help change some of these attitudes through the development of new campaigns.
In the meantime we would encourage you to watch these two excellent videos.

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On a similar vein Manchester United announce a new partnership with Stonewall. Read more here:

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Strict liability

The consultation on Strict Liability at Scottish Football ends on 17th March which is the final day for submission.
James Dornan MSP is encouraging all fans to give views on this important issue.
 Dornan said, "My proposal to that challenge is the introduction of strict liability for football clubs. Strict liability means being able to hold a party responsible for certain actions and behaviours even if that party was not at fault or negligent. In a football context, this means holding football clubs liable for the negative behaviour of their supporters. My hope is that this will foster a less hostile environment at football matches, better reflecting the multicultural society that exists in Scotland, and encouraging football to become a method of bringing people together and not an event which can on occasions be used to create or perpetuate divisions. This would provide the SFA and Scottish football generally the opportunity of creating a new and sustainable vision for the sport."
You can make your views known here:

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