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Supporters Direct media briefing - 20/6/14

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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  Supporters in Campo hold successful first Annual General Meeting

Supporters in Campo, the umbrella organisation for democratic supporters’ groups in Italy, held their first Annual General Meeting in Ancona last weekend. As well as the meeting and accompanying elections itself, the weekend featured a range of debates and discussions between supporters and many of Italian football’s other stakeholders; evidence of a growing recognition in the country that without supporters, there is no football.

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  Scottish fans want alcohol ban lifted and safe standing introduced
The majority of Scottish football fans want to see the alcohol ban at games lifted, safe standing areas in grounds introduced and supporters represented at board level at their clubs.

The full results of the Supporters Direct Scotland National Football Survey, in association with the Scottish FA, were announced at the Supporters Direct Scotland Annual Conference in Stirling today (15th of June).

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Sports Finance

Basketball club Cibona Zagreb saved from bankruptcy by the local Municipality (in Greek)

Leeds ordered to repay £950,000 to David Haigh's Sport Capital Consortium
The Guardian

UEFA bans Red Star Belgrade from Champions League

Deutsche Bank denies rumors of acquiring Borussia Dortmund shares (in German)


Two Turkish clubs banned from UEFA competitions


News from Europe

Cork Women's FC to relaunch
Cork City FC

Antwerp fans can continue their pre-season tradition of away games - thanks to ACTas1!
Supporters Direct

Towards a dialogue between authorities and supporters in France? (in French)

Michel Platini proud of UEFA's efforts

Trust News

Hereford United Supporters' Trust to Agombar: "Pay up or go now"
HUFC Trust

Pompey fans set to fund training ground development
Supporters Direct

Bradford Bulls Supporters' Trust announce new fundraiser

Supporters Trust at Reading (STAR) statement on ownership situation

Airdrie link up with Kitaid to offer free season tickets to U16s
Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct 

Meet the new chief of Supporters Direct
Co-operative news

Supporters Direct and FSF Supporters Summit registrations open!
Supporters Summit

Sports Governance

UEFA leaders tell Blatter to quit FIFA presidency
Deutsche Welle

Platini says he no longer supports Blatter

Verdict of Brussels court in football match fixing case
Flanders News

FIFA considers USA as a possible replacement for Qatar

Maracana stairs wobble violently as fans enter the stadium

Comments and Blogs

Why Sepp Blatter sees FIFA, not Qatar, as the true victim of prejudice
Marina Hyde - The Guardian

The Impact of Foreign Players on the Premier League and on England's National Team
Mark Hendrick - Huffington

Europe's FAs must stand firm against re-election of Sepp Blatter at FIFA
David Conn - The Guardian

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