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Supporters Direct media briefing - 19/12/14

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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‘Government Expert Group’ wants to hear from you

Supporters Direct has been working behind the scenes with the DCMS and English football authorities to bring about the long awaited Expert Working Group (EWG); one of the key recommendations from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 2011 Select Committee Football Governance Inquiry.

  Michael Garcia: FIFA investigator resigns in World Cup report row 

FIFA's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia has quit in protest over the handling of his report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The American lawyer cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of football's world governing body.

Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct Scotland suggest trial period for reintroduction of alcohol to Scottish football

New IOC standards must lead to clean up of global sports events, say leading NGOs, unions and supporters' groups

News from SD England and Wales

FC United of Manchester – new youth branch established

How We ‘Lit Up The Park’ At Exeter City F.C.

West Ham will bank 100% of corporate match day revenue under the terms of Olympic Stadium lease

FA suspends Hereford United 'from all football activity'

Unrest at Hartlepool as level of investment is questioned

News from SD Europe

Brondby fans celebrate club's semicentennial (video)

A la Nantaise hold Christmas event with Mickaël Landreau involved (in French)

Swedish ENABLE project aims to improve matchday experience

German SLOs gather in Cologne

A day in the life of a fifth-tier SLO

Football & Sports Governance & Finance News

Bayern Munich players hold 'Thank you! You are great!' banner

Fifa and Olympic leaders face new financial checks

Córdoba must sell before they can buy in January

FIGC, Tavecchio: "Goal line technology in Serie A in 2015" (in Italian)

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