The Fans' Embassies driven by Football Supporters Europe (FSE) look back at their most successful tournament in history: fan volunteers from 19 participating countries were in operation to guide travelling fans through all stages of EURO 2016.
In Paris, the Fans' Embassies meet for an evaluation of their work and set tracks for their upcoming challenge: the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Just like the new European Champions Portugal, Football Supporters Europe can announce that the Fans’ Embassies teams can look back at their most successful tournament in history: fan volunteers from 19 participating countries were in operation to guide travelling fans through all stages of EURO 2016. At the same time, a critical evaluation of the security concepts at the tournament is due.
On June 10 the French Fans Embassy will be the first of 18 RESPECT FAN CULTURE Fans Embassies run by Football Supporters Europe (FSE). It will provide information and advice to supporters at Stade de France.
We are shocked and devastated in view of the sudden death of a good friend and coordinator of the Belgium Fans’ Embassy, Erik Reynaerts. He has been a founding member of Belgian Supporters, he was the Supporter Liaison Officer of the Belgian Football Association, long-time fan activist and above all he will be remembered as a cheerful and passionate human being.
The 7th Update of the FSE Fans Guide App (#FansGuideApp) now features almost 190 clubs, cities and stadia, and special info on the UEFA EURO 2016 host cities! It is now available for download in the app stores.
Thousands of fans have downloaded the app since its launch in autumn 2013 and submitted loads of additional feedback and ideas.
The group stage of EURO 2016 showed that much fewer problems occurred wherever authorities cooperated constructively with leading fan groups from the Fans Embassies as part of the solution and facilitated a good atmosphere for the majority, especially at high-risk matches. We call for a reinforcement of a sincere dialogue with supporters’ representatives in order to foster the early prevention of troubles for the rest of this UEFA EURO 2016.
For the first time ever, there will be a cooperation between the Daniel Nivel Foundation and the supporter organisation „Football Supporters Europe“ (FSE) at EURO 2016. In the context of the project “RESPECT FAN CULTURE – Fans’ Embassies at EURO 2016”, both organisations aim at promoting preventative, hospitable conditions and supporter dialogue for the fans of the national teams at EURO 2016 and beyond in France.
We are hereby documenting the statement from the national umbrella of Croatian national team fans on events in Saint-Étienne at their match against Czech Republic on 17 June at EURO 2016 where Croatian supporters were seen fighting inside the stands, throwing pyro on the pitch, almost seriously injuring a steward with a banger that went off when he wanted to clear it off the pitch.
40 volunteers and Fans’ Embassies staff met in Paris from 27 to 29 May in order to get the latest information on their job during the tournament and to train their skills.
In the following, you can find statements from the supporters running the Fans Embassy England from the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and the Fans Embassy Russia who were on the ground in Marseille and first hand witnesses of the violence happening in the city around matchday. Both serve as a very useful reminder that, as we have long argued as football fans from across Europe, you should never judge a whole nation’s fans on the basis of the behaviour of a small minority. Read their full statements here:
The Fans’ Embassy Russia in cooperation with Football Supporters Europe, French Football Federation and Russian Football Union is organizing Fans Embassy services for Russian fans at the friendly game Russia versus France in Paris on 29 March.