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  1. South Yorkshire police to change approach to football after heavy criticism • Force accused of violent, dangerous policing at Sheffield derby • Launch of new policy seen by experts as nationally significant David Conn Fri 14 Jun 2019 08.13 EDT Police at Hillsborough. The South Yorkshire force intends to ‘adopt a more community style of policing’ at football. Photograph: Nigel French/PA South Yorkshire police is to change its approach to policing football after an internal review following its operation at the Sheffield derby in March, which was heavily criticised by supporters as heavy-handed, violent and dangerous. Some supporters at the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United complained that they had been held in a crush outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles at Hillsborough, and that police officers had indiscriminately hit people caught in the crush with their batons. The change of policy to “a more community style of policing, and engagement with fans” is due to be launched at a meeting of the force’s football policing officers on 5 July, according to an internal email seen by the Guardian. Sent by Paul McCurry, a superintendent in the force’s Sheffield local policing unit command team, the email invites officers to a full day “continuous professional development” session, and explains: “The purpose of this event will be to formally launch a new approach to policing football and other crowded events across South Yorkshire. “This follows a thematic inspection into football policing and brings together best practice initiatives from other parts of the UK. Our new approach will see us adopt a more community style of policing, and engagement with fans at the heart of what we will deliver.” This is seen by some football policing experts as nationally significant because the deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire police, Mark Roberts, is the national lead officer in the UK Football Policing Unit, an influential part of the Home Office. Several other forces, including neighbouring West Yorkshire police, have for some time been developing a more consultative approach to policing football, which aims to work with supporters and differentiate between offending and boisterous behaviour. The policy, Enable, emphasises consultation with supporter groups, employs trained liaison officers to communicate with supporters on matchdays and aims to encourage a better atmosphere and behaviour by communication and dialogue. Following the “steel derby”, the Football Supporters’ Federation received 1,012 responses to a survey, in which supporters rated South Yorkshire police’s post-match operation as on average 1.9 out of 10. More than 70.7% described police management of the exit from the stadium at the Leppings Lane end, which was allocated to Sheffield United supporters, as very poor. Almost 80% described South Yorkshire police as “worse than average” compared with other forces around the country. In responses published by FSF, supporters described the policing at the Leppings Lane end as “atrocious”, “irresponsible”, “intimidating and unapproachable”. One supporter said of police officers: “Had no idea what they were doing. Swinging batons at anyone they pleased.” Another said that officers were “hitting people with batons when they tried to move in the crush of people,” and described that as “legalised assault”. One supporter said: “Leppings Lane policing was irresponsible, bottlenecking fans on the road at the same time caused multiple fights and distress to regular fans.” Photograph: Ryan Crockett/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium. The police match commander, Ch Supt Shaun Morley, issued a statement on the night of the match saying that six people had been arrested after “some minor disorder” and thanking his officers “for their efforts professionalism and effectiveness in keeping the public safe”. Following the criticisms, however, the force is understood to have asked a senior officer from another force to conduct the “thematic inspection” review, which has resulted in the launch of the new approach. Dr Geoff Pearson, a senior law lecturer at Manchester university and one of the experts developing the Enable initiative, said he welcomed South Yorkshire police relaunching its approach. “It is overdue and I hope that it will in turn influence the UK Football Policing Unit to develop a more dialogue-based approach to football policing nationally.” In response to an inquiry from the Guardian about the launch of the new approach, a South Yorkshire police spokesperson said that McCurry’s use of the word “launch” was “misleading.” She said: “The new approach, as you describe it, is not being launched on 5 July.” In a further clarification, the spokeswoman explained: “Part of the purpose of the 5 July event is to inform everyone there will be a change in approach to large-scale events, including football, and to seek other people’s views and insights.”
  2. Cleared in a court of law but charged by the Mickey Mouse club that is the FA. They make the rules up as they go on to suit their own agenda's. The English FA, UEFA and FIFA are all pen pushers who know nowt about our game.
  3. Just a copy and paste job, but hey I'm glad you got the message it was giving......
  4. Good read on mental health and depression ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheffield Wednesday: Family man Sam Hutchinson looks to the future Nothing has ever been given to Sam Hutchinson in his life. By Dom Howson He has had to work hard for everything he has achieved.A long the way, Hutchinson has gone through some tough times.Nine years ago Hutchinson retired from playing because of unrelenting pain in his right knee. A chondral defect – effectively, a hole in his knee – grew so unbearable that it forced him to call it a day at just 21. Hutchinson suffered with depression and sought help at the Priory for mental health problems.But the Windsor-born player is a resilient person. His wife Jennifer helped pull him through and, after undergoing knee surgery, he eventually resumed his career with Chelsea 16 months later.There have been a few bumps in the road since those dark days but Hutchinson now feels mentally stronger.The 29-year-old, who joined Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent basis in July 2014 following a productive loan spell, was widely praised for opening up about his mental health problems in a round of interviews earlier this year. He told The Star: "I did the interviews to raise awareness. People come up to me a lot and speak about it (mental health)."I then have to try and be a counsellor for other people and it is difficult because obviously I am not trained in that. "I don't know what to say someone who struggles with it but I just tell them my experience. Hopefully I can help them in certain ways by telling them I have been through it and this is what I did."But it is a very individual thing. People suffer with it in different ways and people have to cope with it in different ways."Despite playing for one of the biggest clubs in the country, there are no airs and graces to Hutchinson. What you see with him is what you get. He is a friendly, warm, down-to-earth bloke.Yes, Hutchinson likes a laugh and joke as much as anyone but he is not afraid to speak his mind. He is brutally honest (sometimes too honest) and just tells it as it is. He spoke candidly regarding his personal troubles on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Football Heaven show as part of Time to Talk Day back last February.Hutchinson said: "It was very humbling the reaction I got but I didn't do it for that."I wanted to raise awareness for the people who are struggling quietly."It is a horrible thing to go through and experience. It is nothing to laugh about."When you are in it, it just wears you down and you can't be bothered to speak about it. You get to that point which is even worse. "Sometimes it takes someone to speak publicly on the radio."Tyson Fury spoke a lot about it before one of his fights. He is such a big influence in the boxing world and globally you saw how many people reacted off the back of that."It can only be a good thing the more people with high profile like him speak out about mental health."Does Hutchinson still think more needs to be done to tackle mental health in sport?He said: "I can only speak about my experience. I got looked after by one of the best clubs in the world. Chelsea took me to the best places."It is difficult. One of my friends struggles with something and he spoke to the PFA (Professional Footballers's Association) and he didn't really feel that he got the best help that he could get."It is whatever suits you. "It is feeling where you have to want to change and you have to want to change something in your life."It is like a bad addiction. It is horrible and to get out of it is a long process. "I don't think I will ever be out of it. I still think I will have those moments but now I know how to deal with it. Now I know how to cope and what makes me happy."His mood often fluctuates depending on how he and the Owls have fared on a Saturday afternoon.Whenever Hutchinson, who was frozen out by former boss Jos Luhukay in the first half of the season, is feeling low or angry, he tries to switch off from football. "I go and exercise in the gym to let off the endorphins," he said. "I like to go shopping, exercise and spend time with my family."I just try and take myself away from football."His three young children: Mila, Albie and Arnie have given Hutchinson a new sense of perspective. Describing himself as a "proper family man," Hutchinson said: "They (the kids) have calmed me down."I'm like them. I am a big kid. I am jumping around with them all the time in the garden. "The only reason I came back to playing football was for my children so they can see me play football and the effort that I have put in. I want them to see the effort, hard work and determination I have shown to show what can be achieved. "No one can ever take it away from me that I have played in the Championship. I have had a career in football after everybody said that it was over."Everything is a bonus for me now."His children have, by Hutchinson's own admission, been his salvation.The no-nonsense 29-year-old, Wednesday's midfield general and a firm favourite among the fans, said: "It makes me feel proud that my little girl (Mila) and little boy (Albie) come to watch me play football. "Hopefully I am still around and playing when my other little boy (Arnie) grows up a bit more and they can all see me play."I am stubborn. I gave up (playing) once and I just won't do it again."I have got another nine years easy (of playing). I will go on until I am 38. One thousand per cent."Hutchinson's target may sound a tad ambitious given his injury track record.But he has defied the odds before so it would be foolish to write him off. https://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/sheffield-wednesday/latest-owls-news/sheffield-wednesday-family-man-sam-hutchinson-looks-to-the-future-70171
  5. Simple answer is when we have a team that's good enough, hopefully we're heading in the right direction and we can mount a sustainable challenge to rectify the dogshite we've had to endure for a generation.
  6. Okay the lad didn't really have a run of games and may have suffered because of that BUT he showed flashes of being a very talented footballer, would be a great signing for us if we can get him through the door.
  7. Best 2 home Worst 2 home Best 2 away Worst 2 away Best 3rd
  8. Gazza without doubt, and just think if he had led a footballers life instead of the path he chose (Obviously he did not choose his mental health issues) he would have been up there with Pele, Maradona, Messi and Ronaldo. A character and a genius.
  9. I started going in 82 and recall the odd one or two flying onto the pitch from the North Stand.
  10. If its within the law, and going on that Derby have done the same thing without punishment, then its a great idea and would be the difference between being competitive or struggling under sanctions and probably point deductions. I'm sure its not just me but I find FFP or whatever its called is ludicrous, we have an owner that wants to put money in to the club but can't.
  11. Remember the year after the Oldham riot, me and mi mate were in the ground pretty early (Boundry Park) and big Jack was having a walk around the pitch, he stopped and signed one of mi mates Adidas Samba, when signed he threw it back over the fence and in his stern voice said " behave yourselves today "....we did.
  12. Will be shown all across Thailand and the far east, great marketing whatever your views, maybe get rid of a few shirts and signed pictures from the 11-12 season and spread our famous name and colours.
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