Your Views on VAR – Update

Your Views on VAR Spirit of Shankly will attend an online VAR briefing event on Tuesday 16 February 2021 hosted by The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA). Former referee Mike Riley, now general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) group, will give the presentation relating specifically to VAR issues and the procedures and processes of decision making, interpretation and effectiveness. Ahead of the meeting Spirit of Shankly asked members and non-members for their opinions and thoughts on VAR. Below is a summary of what you said: Is there anything good about VAR? The [...]

By |2021-02-15T17:16:01+00:00February 15th, 2021|

Opinions on VAR

What do you think of VAR? The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) have invited Spirit of Shankly to an online VAR briefing event on Tuesday 16th February 2021. Former referee Mike Riley, now general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) group, will give a presentation relating specifically to VAR issues and cover such subjects as procedures and processes of decision making, interpretation and effectiveness. Mike will be joined by Adam Gale-Watts (PGMOL deputy general manager). PGMOL are responsible for 550 match officials across the Premier League, EFL and non-league. Ahead of the meeting [...]

By |2021-02-15T15:25:13+00:00February 4th, 2021|

Walk out on ’77 : 5 years ago today

Walk out on '77 : 5 years ago today Today, Saturday 6 February, marks the fifth anniversary of fans walking out of Anfield in protest at ticket-price increases. This unprecedented action was broadcast around the world and led to LFC’s owners apologising to fans and backing down. Following months of ongoing discussions with Spirit of Shankly and @SpionKop1906 over their future pricing policy, at the start of 2016 LFC announced increases for the following season. These included seats in the newly constructed Main Stand at £77 per game. At a time when TV revenue was [...]

By |2021-02-15T14:53:57+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Return of Fans to Anfield

Return of fans to Anfield Following the Government announcement that Liverpool City Region will move into Tier 2 on 3 December, 2,000 fans will be allowed into Anfield for our next home games – against Wolves, scheduled for 6 December, followed by Tottenham, on 16 December. Since the news regarding the return of supporters, albeit in limited numbers, LFC have kept Spirit of Shankly updated on their plans. We wanted to ensure there is transparency, equity and fairness with tickets and pricing, but ultimately it is LFC’s decision on allocation, and for the club to [...]

By |2021-02-15T14:55:27+00:00November 27th, 2020|

Profit Per View update

Profit Per View update On Friday 13 November, the Premier League dropped the idea of Pay Per View and committed to showing all games without charge. Last month, when PPV plans to charge supporters £14.95 were published, Spirit of Shankly called on the Premier League and broadcasters to rethink. To acknowledge the economic difficulties facing supporters, and the subsequent risks to public health. We asked that they recognise football without fans is nothing. That they acknowledge these extraordinary times and think, for once, of the fans, who they risk alienating for good. Since then SOS [...]

By |2021-02-15T14:58:18+00:00November 14th, 2020|

Help Is Here Latest

Help Is Here Latest Spirit of Shankly’s ‘Help is Here’ campaign began back in March, as Covid-19 took hold. As a union, we are aware of the need to help our community in difficult times. We also wanted to act on our AGM commitment of supporting members and fans who are suffering mental ill health and dementia, and those at risk of suicide. We realised then how tough life was becoming for the most robust of us. We could only imagine how hard it must have been for the elderly, those most at risk and [...]

By |2021-02-15T14:56:57+00:00November 3rd, 2020|

Boycott Box Office Pay Per View

Boycott Box Office Pay Per View Spirit of Shankly are calling for a boycott of pay-per-view Premier League games starting with our fixture against Sheffield United on Saturday 24 October 2020. Why we are doing this We recognise supporters will be torn about following their team, but this is blatant exploitation. We are in the middle of the biggest pandemic and economic crisis for a generation, yet the Premier League and their clubs, except for Leicester City, Sky and BTSport have no trouble asking fans to pay £14.95 per game.  It is unacceptable. They have [...]

By |2021-02-15T14:57:33+00:00October 17th, 2020|

Project Big Picture: A Joint Statement

Project Big Picture: A Joint Statement The fans we represent are fortunate to support clubs that regularly secure the largest financial revenues in the Premier League. But all of us understand that football doesn’t work in isolation. It’s a family. It requires a fair share of resources to ensure that the Premier League is competitive to watch and that the lower leagues flourish as part of our national game. While the six clubs we support are widely reported to be the instigators of Project Big Picture, it is important we state very clearly that we [...]

By |2020-10-13T16:52:24+01:00October 13th, 2020|

PPV and Project Big Picture

PPV and Project Big Picture Over the past weekend, the Project Big Picture document leak and Pay-Per-View announcement (a disgraceful £14.95 per match) have again demonstrated, with zero formal engagement, a complete disregard for fans. The hedge funds and billionaire owners of our football clubs need to understand they are merely custodians. The actions of the club owners and TV broadcasters once more highlight the need for a supporter-led review of football governance. So far, Liverpool Football Club have remained silent on both of these issues and Spirit of Shankly have written asking them to [...]

By |2020-10-12T12:06:24+01:00October 12th, 2020|

Profit per view – a disgrace

Profit per view - a disgrace Today, Friday 9 October, the Premier League and TV broadcasters announced details of their pay-per-view plans for matches not currently scheduled to be shown live. Liverpool v Sheffield United on Monday 24 October is one of them. It is agonising for fans that we will not be able to attend matches for the foreseeable future and Spirit of Shankly welcome the broadcasters and Premier League arranging for all fixtures to be televised. Today it has been reported that price is to be £14.95 per game. That is £4.95 more [...]

By |2020-10-09T20:22:04+01:00October 9th, 2020|


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