Solidarity, Kampa Showan. The Old Spotted Dog tonight.
Showan Shattack and five other feminists were attacked by nazis after a demo yesterday. Showan is one of the founders of “Football supporters against homophobia” in Sweden. He is now in hospital with serious knife wounds.
Supporters of First Vienna FC display in solidarity with Josef, a German anti-fascist currently being held in prison after being arrested at a protest against the WKR-Ball (a political gathering of the far right).
(Picture via https://www.facebook.com/Farp1)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Porto [UEFA Europa League], Germany (27.02.14)
Last night Eintracht Frankfurt fans made nice choreo on the match against Porto, but this is the forbidden choreo/pyro show which was supposed to be displayed also. But UEFA disallowed them to show it, even though all German authorities allowed it and gave them permissions.
UEFA is the real enemy of football! Ultras will never die!
This is unbelievable.
Really interesting interview with the ‘White Angels’ anti-fascist supporters group of FC Zagreb in Croatia.
Mrs Graham’s XI, from Stirling in Scotland, are thought to be the first women’s football team in Britain, and sparked riots after they beat England 3-1 in their second match ever in May 1881.
Footy love, nikhak
That sounds unnecessarily stark. There is of course the fact that just because someone isn’t directly affected by an issue does not mean they cannot act in solidarity with those who are affected. The consumer of football via the TV or the internet does not always do so because they reject the idea of going to a match. There can be barriers - no less cost, family commitments, work and so on. But it still begs the question - if we are to battle for a football that broadly respects ALL fans, then we have to get the broad movement of people who enjoy football on-board. But when ‘modern’ football is so frequently tailored towards the armchair/pub bound football fan, I have to question where this approach of being ‘for football’ is going to come from without some hard questions being answered regarding the priorities of what ‘type’ of fan we are supposed to be fighting for, awkward and as horrible as it may be to tackle that question."
— Excerpt from my blog response to the “Why Stand Against Modern Football?” article in the New Statesmen - http://www.footballisradical.com/post/62111847337/why-stand-against-modern-football
Really good article over on 200% about the Stand (formally StandAMF) group/fanzine. I still don’t believe the AMF tag is as problematic as is argued here (I wrote about this on here and in the ‘Good Feed for a Big Man’ fanzine - http://www.footballisradical.com/post/62111847337/why-stand-against-modern-football) but it’s full of good discussion. I particularly agree with the positioning of Stand as filling a very important and necessary niche that is often vacated by existing football supporters’ groups. As a radical, defiantly fan-culture orientated publication and campaign group, Stand continue to provide both a complimentary and counter-balancing role in relation to the more "respectable demeanour" of the FSF and the "technically minded" Supporters Direct.
But more than that, it’s both a logical and passionate defence of a group that has had more than its fair share of cynical detractors who tirelessly campaign and write about issues crucial to football supporters. The fanzine has fairly recently gone under new editorship with many of the old and current contributors still involved and is continuing to churn out thought provoking and, overwhelmingly, relevant output. Keep up the great work Stand!
Pyro has been legalised in Norwegian football stadiums since late last year, albeit under fairly strict regulation.
The use of pyrotechnic devices (legally) has to be approved by the league and the individual clubs’ security teams - so an application for their use needs to come in from a fans group prior to a particular match. Even then, only named individuals can use the pyro and they can only be set off on the first row of blocks in the stand.
In terms of how the legislation is working in practice, we’re hearing different things from different fans groups’ experiences. Some have reported that a number of clubs have used the excuse of formerly defined legislation to clamp down harder on any pyro show that does not fit to the letter of the new law - ironically meaning that the general/informal use of pyro becomes further criminalised. Others have experienced the opposite - noting that if fan clubs have a currently positive relationship with the club and their security they are happy for most pyro shows to go ahead without heavy policing/strict following of the rules as long as initial approval is granted.
Either way, it’s legal pyro in Norwegian football. Interesting stuff.