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Supporters Direct media briefing - 07/11/14

Below is the latest edition of Supporters Direct's media briefing, rounding up the latest news from the Trust movement, sports governance and finance, and beyond.

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  Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford join calls from SD to protect football from unfit owners

Joint Press Release

Supporters’ trusts for fans of Birmingham City, Coventry City and Hereford United, alongside umbrella body Supporters Direct, have all called for the Government to back Damian Collins’ attempt to bring in new rules to protect clubs from bad owners.

All three supporters’ trusts are amongst a number who have been dealing with problems at their own clubs, and have come out in support of his private members bill, which has its second reading this Friday 7th November.upporters Direct welcomes the announcement of the Labour Party’s plans for a shake-up of football governance, centred on Supporters Direct’s objective of ensuring fans have a real role in the ownership and running of their clubs.

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  Supporters Direct and Sandlanders launch report at Soccerex African Forum

Earlier this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Moses Mabidha Stadium in Durban (South Africa) hosted the third Soccerex African Forum, atttended by delegates from football and beyond, who discussed issues such as club licensing, league development, and the governance of the game.

Among the speakers over the course of the two days were Supporters Direct and Sandlanders Football, who participated in the ‘Importance of Club Licensing’ session. Justin Mumba (President, Zesco United), Shehu Dikko (Chairman of the First Instance Appeals Body, Nigerian Football Federation), and moderator Thomas Kwenaite (SuperSport) also appeared. The session discussed the benefits and implementation of the Confederation of African Football’s licensing system across the continent.

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Sports Finance

Real Madrid Gets Stadium Financing From Abu Dhabi’s IPIC

Serie A Opening Up To Foreign Investment

Forza Italian Football

CONMEBOL could introduce equalivent of UEFA Financial Fair Play
Caught Offside

European Commission reject challenge against Financial Fair Play

MP Damian Collins’ football (financial transparency) bill (video)
Supporters Direct

United Kingdom

Swans Trust: "We won't relinquish our shareholding"
Supporters Direct

Liverpool: Anfield protest against prices during Hull City game

Derby County Rams Trust - Power to the people who follow football
Supporters Direct

Aldershot: Trust launch "Forever Shots" fund
Supporters Direct

Chelsea Supporters' Trust hits back at Mourinho's 'empty stadium' jibe
London Evening Standard

News from Europe

Coop Modena organise awareness campaign
Supporters Direct

Cork City: From Winding-Up Orders To The Europa League
Pundit Arena

League of Ireland Supporters – Making the Vital Difference
Extra time

Community legal initiative in Spain, fans raise alternatives (in Spanish)
Wanderers futbol

Football Supporters Europe launch Second Fan Shirt campaign
Supporters Direct

Whose Game Is It? Supporters and Football Governance
Supporters Direct

Supporter Liaison Officer 

Italian FA host round table on supporter dialogue
Supporters Direct

Moldovan FA holds SLO training workshop
Supporters Direct

Supporter dialogue workshop held in Hungary

Supporters Direct

Interview with Schalke SLO ahead of Sporting away match (in German)
Der Westen

Supporters Direct 

Call for nominations – SD Council Elections
Supporters Direct

Super League backing for Supporters Direct Rugby League event
Supporters Direct

Sports Governance

England, fan ownership: Government & football chiefs launch new group

Platini urges EU support

Comments and Blogs

NFL and soccer on global collision course?
Kieron Monks - CNN

Masters of our own club (documentary - Dutch & English)

Football has to return to its roots, or it will die
Yahoo & Eurosport

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