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SOS testimony to French Senate

SOS testimony to French Senate On Tuesday 21 June, the Spirit of Shankly chair Joe Blott and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association chair Ted Morris travelled to Paris to give evidence in front of the French Senate Law and Culture committee in a vital and historic visit. Below is the evidence provided by SOS. Click this link to read the statement from LDSA. Click this link to listen to Joe and Ted talk about their experiences during the visit in the Allez Les Rouge Podcast, hosted by SOS committee member Peter Hooton. Joe Blott - Spirit of [...]

By |2022-06-23T18:45:10+01:00June 23rd, 2022|

French press reaction to SOS Senate hearing

French press react to SOS evidence at the Senate English fans recount Stade de France incidents before the Senate By Clément Martel, Le Monde. At a Senate hearing, fans' representatives – in particular from Liverpool, gave their account of the Champions League organisational debacle and called for the resignation of Gérald Darmanin. They were the first to be affected; they were the last to be heard. Representatives of the supporters who were present at the Champions League final on Saturday 28 May, and who are used to being in the stands, swapped the stadiums for the [...]

By |2022-06-22T16:33:21+01:00June 22nd, 2022|

SOS at French Senate Hearing

SOS Give Evidence Today, Tuesday 21 June, the Spirit of Shankly chair Joe Blott and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association chair Ted Morris will travel to Paris to give evidence in front of the French Senate Law and Culture committee. Since the Champions League final on 28 May, representatives from the French authorities have been giving their version of events at the Stade de France. Now, finally, our voices will be heard. Last week we were informed there was to be no testament from fans. But in tandem with Football Supporters Europe, SOS lobbied for the right [...]

By |2022-06-21T12:06:14+01:00June 21st, 2022|

Shankly’s Spirit Lives On

Spirit of Shankly Cup The inaugural Spirit of Shankly Cup finally took place on Saturday 11 June. Two years later than originally planned, due to the pandemic, it was worth the wait. Eight Under-13 teams from Liverpool and East Ayrshire played for the title at The Barony Campus in Cumnock. Crosshouse Boys Club, Cumnock Juniors, Stewarton Annick and Townhead Thistle pulled on their boots to represent East Ayrshire against Liverpool's Dynamo Childwall, Kingsthorne Warriors, Parkview Colts and South Liverpool. The tournament was split, Champions league style, into two groups of four, with teams playing three [...]

By |2022-06-22T12:55:11+01:00June 15th, 2022|

Meeting with LFC

Post Paris Update Following our open meeting with supporters last week, we formally met representatives of Liverpool FC on Thursday 9 June. In the aftermath of the shambolic organisation and management of the Champions League final, it is easy to forget that this event is just another in the long line of misery Liverpool fans have endured this season. From being over policed in Milan, through being badly treated at Benfica, determined category 1 match in Villareal, this has been yet another season of significant challenge for travelling LFC fans. Yet pre and post-match discussions with [...]

By |2022-06-13T12:48:42+01:00June 10th, 2022|

Spirit of Shankly Cup

Junior's tournament The inaugural Spirit of Shankly Cup will get underway on Saturday 11 June in Cumnock, East Ayrshire. A junior’s football tournament, it will bring together eight teams – four from Liverpool and four from East Ayrshire, where Bill Shankly was born in the mining village of Glenbuck in 1913. The competition was originally scheduled to be played in June 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Shankly joining Liverpool FC in December 1959. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be postponed. After the matches, the players and coaches will head to [...]

By |2022-06-10T12:05:59+01:00June 10th, 2022|

Help is Here Update

Post Paris Following events at the Stade de France before and after the Champions League final, a number of supporters were injured and traumatised.  For some, this will mean a loss of earnings as they are unable to work due to physical injuries and or mental health issues.  As a result, Spirit of Shankly is setting up a donation page as part of our Help is Here initiative, so we can help those who will struggle over the coming weeks and months. If you can donate at all, please do so here Also, for those who [...]

By |2022-06-05T20:10:26+01:00June 5th, 2022|

SOS Meeting at The Church

Saturday 4 June Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting at the Church on Saturday 4 June and to all those who shared their experiences. There were many important contributions and we will report back with next steps. You can watch a recording of the meeting, with subtitles, here Join Renew Donate Back to Latest News >>

By |2022-06-10T10:22:44+01:00June 5th, 2022|

Response to Monsieur Bouigue

Response to Richard Bouigue SOS letter to Richard Bouigue, Deputy Mayor of the 12th arrondissement: The letter received a letter from Richard Bouigue, Deputy Mayor of the 12th arrondissement, and Liverpool Fanzone Liaison in which he praises Liverpool supporters and calls for an independent inquiry of the French authorities (see below): Join Renew Donate Back to Latest News >>

By |2022-06-01T15:49:46+01:00June 1st, 2022|

Passing the Buck Stops Here

No More Lies From the moment UEFA displayed the message on the giant screens inside Stade de France on Saturday: Due to the late arrival of fans, the match has been delayed, we knew what was happening. The false narrative had begun. UEFA and the French authorities quickly changed tack to say actually it was because of fans turning up without tickets. European football’s governing body had apparently been given this information by local media and ran with it. Not for a second did they think to check its validity.  Even before the game had kicked [...]

By |2022-05-31T15:40:19+01:00May 31st, 2022|

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