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No To Game 39 say FSF

The Football Supporters` Federation

For Immediate Release -

NO TO GAM£ 39

Following an unprecedented response from the football fans of England and Wales to Premier League plans for an extra match to be played abroad, the Football Supporters` Federation announced the NO TO GAM£ 39 campaign.

In the 24 hours since the Premier League announced its plan for a money-spinning extra round of fixtures to be played abroad, fans from all over England and Wales have flocked to the FSF website www.fsf.org.uk to express their fury at these outrageous proposals by signing our on-line petition.

FSF Head of Policy, Steven Powell, an Arsenal fan, said: "Yet again,those running our national game have displayed a complete disregard for the interests of those without whom there would be no show - the fans themselves. They`ve simply gone too far, and the time has arrived for football supporters to stand up and be counted."

The Football Supporters` Federation`s NO TO GAM£ 39 campaign will co-ordinate strong, swift and decisive action at both national and local levels, designed to leave Premier League Chairmen in no doubt that the vast majority of fans have finally had enough.

The FSF`s Mark Longden, a Manchester United supporter, added "More than 4,000 fans have already voted in our online poll - and a massive 94% of them are completely opposed to the Premiers League`s proposals.

The fight back starts here - it`s time for us to reclaim our game from those intent on pimping it out just to boost their already burgeoning bank balances."

The campaign will include local action at every Premiership club,inviting supporters of all teams to unite under the banner NO TO GAM£ 39. The FSF is urging all supporters to voice their opposition to this proposal in the following ways:

Sign the FSF`s on-line petition at: www.fsf.org.uk

Email the FSF at notogame39@fsf.org.uk to register your support for the campaign, letting us know who you support, what ideas you have for a supporters' protest and what you can do to help.

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The Football Fans Census also have a survey out at the moment which is more than worth doing as they get this feedback to the policy makers of football on a regular basis:

Dear Football fan

We're running a short survey on the English Premier League's proposals to introduce a 39th game to the fixture list to be played abroad.

Please follow this link to have your say.

If you would like some background on the proposal before completing the survey please Click Here.

Many thanks for your support

The FFC Team

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And don't forget Vital also have a petition set up by our Arsenal editor going with over 3048 signatures SIGN PETITION HERE (Details: Don't Ruin Our National Game ) Spread the word to all your mates, viral and word of mouth will get this thing halted!





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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 14 2008

Time: 8:59AM

Your Comments

It's all hotting up chaps, do your best to see this daft proposal binned!!
turfmanphil
Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam says he is strongly opposed to the Premier League's plan of top-flight clubs playing games abroad. The English season could be extended by one match with the 39th round being played in five overseas venues. "We'll vote strongly against it. The Premier League is putting money before responsibility and dignity," Hammam told BBC sports editor Mihir Bose. "As far as Asia is concerned, I'm not supportive of this initiative."
turfmanphil
The plans to play a 39th round of games abroad from January 2011 have sparked widespread criticism. And the BBC has learned that world governing body Fifa is also lukewarm about the idea. It has made it clear it will not consider the proposal unless it comes from the English Football Association, rather than the Premier League.
turfmanphil
And the US has said it would only entertain the idea if Fifa approved it.
turfmanphil
Sepp Blatter, president of football's world governing body Fifa, told BBC Sport that the plan "will never happen" and warned it could harm any bid by England to host the 2018 World Cup.
turfmanphil
Former Football Association chief executive David Davies says the Premier League's proposal to play games abroad is "unlikely to survive". The plan for teams to hold a 39th match in five cities overseas on one weekend from 2011 has been much criticised. Davies told BBC Radio 5 Live: "The current plan, at least as described in the public domain, is very hard to sustain - it has taken a pounding. "There wasn't a widespread consultation and the fireworks have gone off."
turfmanphil
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has voiced his opposition to the overseas games plan, saying: "To play another game in another country is not right. "You must play here in England with the same opportunities for every team."
turfmanphil
The Football Association has rejected the Premier League's initial plans to play matches abroad. The "39th game" proposal was discussed at a meeting on Thursday, where FA chairman Lord Triesman declared the idea unsustainable in its current form. Triesman has urged the Premier League to come up with a new strategy as quickly as possible.
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