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13 November 2007 @ 05:50 pm
Can't say I was looking forward to this. No, not at all.
But I do believe the time has come to revive footballfav and I'm asking for your help.
By now, everyone should be already aware of the present situation in Italy, but since Filipo Raciti's death earlier this year sporadic violence has continued in recent months despite the security crackdown prompted by February's incident and the recent events have only proven this is not going to go away.

Now is the time for us to decide what we are to do. We need fresh ideas on how to express our concern for the violence destroying our beautiful game, and letting them know this is not on. It is time for us to act as best we can. We are only as capable as we believe, and there is power in unity.

Right now, what we are asking for are ideas and actions we can take to further our campaign against violence in football. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

We can try or we can do nothing at all; the choice is yours.
07 April 2007 @ 02:16 am
Soccer violence raises old demons
If the ugly scenes witnessed in Rome and Seville are anything to go by the unattractive face of the Beautiful Game has come snarling back to life.Collapse )

Second straight night of violence in European soccer
Tottenham fans fought with Spanish police in riot gear Thursday night during the English team's UEFA Cup quarterfinal at Sevilla.Collapse )

Spurs fans to face Seville court after clashes
Tottenham Hotspur supporters were to blame for clashes with police during their team's UEFA Cup game at Sevilla and seven Spurs fans will appear in court, a Spanish official in Seville said on Friday.Collapse )

Videos: Seville vs Spurs; Crowd and PoliceCollapse )

UEFA seeks sports police force by next season - report
UEFA is working to try to introduce a cross-border sports police force to keep order at European soccer matches from next season, a British newspaper reported on Saturday.Collapse )

Testimony raises doubts over cause of policeman's death
The Italian policeman killed in February during clashes with soccer fans in Sicily was hit by a reversing police car and that, rather than rioters, may be what caused his death, a defence lawyer said on Friday.Collapse )

English football fans in disgrace again, or are they?
Lurid newspaper headlines in Britain on Friday, after the UEFA Cup match between Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur, suggested that English football fans had disgraced themselves again.Collapse )

Police video points blame at United fans in Rome
Italian authorities revealed video clips and photographs on Friday which they said proved that Manchester United fans were to blame for the violence at their team's Champions League game at AS Roma.Collapse )

Rome officials again defend police in clashes with Manchester United fans
Italian security officials defended the conduct of police in clashes with Manchester United fans, saying Friday the officers were defending themselves and that the visiting supporters started the violence.Collapse )

Rome police chief blames Man Utd fans for crowd trouble
Rome's police chief Achille Serra said on Friday that Manchester United fans were to blame for the violence that marred the Champions League match between the English Premiership club and Roma.Collapse )

Roma fans warned against flag-waving in England
Italian fans travelling to England for next week's Champions League game between Manchester United and AS Roma should keep a low profile after clashes in Rome this week, the Italian capital's security chief said on Friday.Collapse )
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05 April 2007 @ 08:32 pm
Video of Police Action: Manchester United - Roma
Sorry, not embeddable.

Thanks to censorthiis

Warning: Violence. I know I'm stating the obvious, but the scenes are horrible and disturbing.
07 February 2007 @ 02:51 pm

Marisa Grasso, widow of slain Italian police officer Filippo Raciti, speaks to reporters with Catania's head of police Michele Capomacchio (R) in Catania, February 7, 2007. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's cabinet on Wednesday brushed aside resistance by football clubs to approve a tough set of measures to tackle hooliganism at football stadiums.

Under the measures, which follow the death of a policeman during rioting at a match last week, stadiums which are not in line with security regulations will remain closed to fans.

Other measures include a ban on the block sale of tickets to away fans, a beefing-up of stadium bans for those involved in violence at grounds, including under 18s, and a ban on financial or working relationships between clubs and fan associations.

"In the decree (...) it is explicitly said that matches in stadiums which are not in line with regulations will be played behind closed doors," deputy Interior Minister Marco Minniti told a news conference after the cabinet meeting.

"It is clear that we have here very serious measures, I would say without precedents. Maybe this was the only possible answer to such a tragic event," he said.  Full Article
05 February 2007 @ 09:23 pm
I implore the creative and shop-wise of you to create icons and graphics, such as banners, siggys and whatever you can think of to help promote FFAV.

I spent tonight doing so instead of doing my homework and came up with these.
I'm sure you guys can do a better job :P but for now, here they are:


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04 February 2007 @ 09:05 pm
This community was started when a group of lj football fans were sitting around extremely discontent with the going ons of the Italian Football Incident. We felt the need to be heard, to express our opinions and feelings, to stand up united against hooliganism, violence and all that is turning our beautiful game ugly. In joining this community you are taking part in a vision where one day football will be as it is meant to, simply beautiful.

We dedicate this community to Filippo Raciti and his family, and all the other victims of football violence in the past. Caught up in something that was never meant to happen, never should happen and is inexcusable. That was not a part of football. Those hooligans should not call themselves fans. Rest in peace ♥

One day soon we hope to begin a website with a forum, where true football fans like yourselves may post messages and photos of peace. Bare with us for now.

Your help and support is appreciated. Remember, we must all stand together as true fans, to save the beautiful game. It is in unity and numbers that we have a voice.

Please feel free to post your opinions or messages of peace, or any other ideas, stories or insight you have. Graphic posts especially relevant to spreading the football love and peace are also very welcome.

Peace ♥