70 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to UK Parliament, The FA, IFAB , David Elleray, Neale Barry, Mark Ives

#BodyCamsNOW Parliament discuss lobbying TheFA to allow use of body cameras for referees.

For too long Referees in Football have been seen as fair game for abuse and assaults. The last figures published by The FA were 111 proven cases of assaults on match officials. It has yet to be declared how many cases were not proven. The figure of 111 proven cases equate to over 3 a week throughout the football season, this has to change. There still seems to be a concerning amount of increased assaults on referees and some of these assaults have been on referees under the age of 18. The FA have protected referees recently with an increase in the minimum length of ban for anyone who assaults a match official however, this has not appeared to be an effective deterrent. To compound that message there was a very worrying assault on a referee recently (October 2017) which resulted in the referee being hospitalized after allegedly being head butted. Ref Support are taking positive action to bring about change, we implore the whole of the Footballing family to support our call for a change in the Laws of the Game for the use of wearable recording devices to protect referees from assaults and abuse. We believe these devices will act as deterrents first and foremost as well as recording incidents when assaults and abuse occur.Parents, coaches, managers and players all want a more enjoyable experience when participating in our beautiful game. Hearing and seeing assaults and abuse is something the majority of participants want to eradicate.

Ryan Hampson
1,374 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Chairman Ralph Krueger

Safe standing for Southampton fans at St. Mary's Stadium

Thousands of Saints fans want to stand at the match, and they must be able to do it safely and without being persecuted by stewards. We want trials of Safe Standing using rail seats at St. Mary’s Stadium, for example in the more vocal parts of the Stadium such as the Northam and Itchen stands. The Football Supporters Federation says: "Every week thousands of fans stand in front of their seats for the duration of the game while following the team they love - attempts by the authorities to end this practice have failed. Surveys regularly show the vast majority of supporters back the choice to stand or sit." Rail seats have a rail all-along between rows, with seats that can be locked in the up position for safe standing, or down if seating is required (e.g. for European matches). Safe Standing would immediately remove conflict between stewards and fans that want to stand and those that want to sit. It would also free up stewards to focus on protecting fans and players in other ways. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority recently authorised trials of Safe Standing to clubs in League 1 and League 2. Rail seats allow cheaper admission prices and a stronger atmosphere in supporting Saints, as has been done at Glasgow Celtic and Borussia Dortmund. The trial of Safe Standing in lower divisions must be extended to include the top two divisions, and include Southampton FC. We ask that Southampton FC publicly supports trials of Safe Standing and informs the Premier League, Southampton City Council and the St. Mary's Stadium Safety Advisory Group that they intend to do so. --- * Image By David Ingham, used under CC BY-SA 2.0,

Southampton Independents
618 supporters