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FIFA Fan Award Goes To Liverpool & Dortmund

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The first ever FIFA fan award has been won by Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters. Their joint rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, sung before their Europa League clash last season, beat off competition from the Iceland supporters in Euro 2016, and fans of ADO Den Haag.

The shortlist was initially compiled by a FIFA panel, which consisted of Zvonimir Boban, Marta, Gabriel Batistuta and Vladimir Petkovic. Fans then voted in an online poll to select the winner.

Despite a strong challenge from the Iceland fans, whose slow clap has caught on with other supporters worldwide, the majority internet football bookmakers had made the Liverpool an Dortmund entry the overwhelming favorite to win the award.

The 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was the day after the match, making the rendition especially moving. It was certainly a worthy winner of this new award, and will be a hard act to follow.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has of course managed both clubs, said: “The LFC and BVB families should be very proud.”

He’s right. See for yourself.

Who do you think should be nominated for the Fans Award shortlist next year? Let us know your suggestions.


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Malta U21 Players Cleared Of Match Fixing

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Two Malta Under-21 players have been acquitted of match-fixing charges related to a game against Montenegro played last March, as reported in the Times Of Malta.

Malta, who are in England’s world cup qualifying group, cleared the two players of all charges in a court hearing in August. Ronnie Mackay, a Maltese resident, was also charged with involvement in the scandal, and is currently entering a plea bargain.

Malta is home to many of Europe’s 10 biggest internet betting companies, which are regulated by their local gaming authority. The Maltese government will be keen to avoid any further scandal, as the nation’s economy relies heavily on the revenue generated by these bookmakers. Bad publicity could deter future betting firms from locating to Malta, which competes with Gibraltar to try and attract bookmakers to do business there.

This is the first time Maltese football has been implicated in any betting scandal. The government and Maltese FA have thus far done a very good job of regulating their players. This seems like a one off, but if you are considering betting on the Maltese league you should be wary of any odds that seem to be unusual or out of sync with other companies.


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Euro 2016 Advice For Fans

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With Euro 2016 fast approaching, Supporters Summit has compiled the following list of tips to help ensure fans have a safe and enjoyable tournament. Please read and circulate to your groups as appropriate.

Security

After the events in Paris last year, France will understandably be on heightened security alert for the duration of Euro 2016. This means fans should allow extra time when planning their itineraries, and expect extra security to be in place at Fan Zones and in and around stadia. Fans should also be extra vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activity to the authorities as soon as possible. Stay alert, and stay safe.

Tickets

Fans wishing to purchase tickets are advised to do so only via the official Euro 2016 ticket portal. This is the only way to be guaranteed that the ticket you are purchasing is official. Beware online ticket fraud! Any tickets purchased through social media sites run a vastly increased risk of being rip offs. Please be vigilant and only send your money to sellers via the official channels.

Betting

At Supporters Summit we recongise that betting on football is an important part of many fans’ enjoyment of the tournament. Fans are encouraged to bet responsibly and not to let the heart rule the head. Check the latest Euro 2016 bookmaker promotions and take advantage of enhanced odds or other special offers when betting. Only choose well known and reputable bookmakers to place your bet.

Travel

Book travel early and be aware of increased demand. The Independent travel guide for Euro 2016 gives some important advice regarding travel for fans. There is also the option of the official UEFA fans app which you can download for free. This provides up to date travel information in real time. Remember to allow extra time to complete your journey to allow for congestion and security procedures.

We hope these tips were useful and that they help you to have a safe, secure and enjoyable tournament!

 

 

 


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Football Betting Forum

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Join the football betting forum to discuss the impact of sports betting sponsorship on football. In recent years many clubs have taken online bookmakers as shirt or stadium sponsors, while many have official betting partners. How does this affect your club? Is it good or bad for football, or does it make no difference? Whatever your opinion the forum wants to hear from you.

Guest speakers will include Jane Jones from LatestBettingOffers.com who will make a presentation revealing the facts and figures behind football betting offers and online sports betting. We also hope to have Owen Gibson from The Guardian who has reported on the relationship between football and betting companies in the past.