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Lasse Bauer is one of two supporter liaison officers (SLOs) at Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF. In this interview he talks about the new partnership agreement between the main football stakeholders at his club, the proposed new ID card for away fans and the implementation of the SLO project in Denmark as a whole.

Your club recently entered into a partnership agreement with supporters, the city council and the police. What was the reason for that?
In the last few years we’ve…

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) held the inaugural meeting of the SLO project in Madrid on 12 February. In the presence of representatives from 15 clubs (Athletic Club, Atlético de Madrid, RC Celta de Vigo, RC Deportivo de La Coruña, RCD Espanyol, Getafe CF, Granada CF, Levante UD, Málaga CF, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid CF, Real Sociedad, Sevilla FC, Valencia CF y Villarreal CF), SD Europe and UEFA SLO Consultant Stuart Dykes made a presentation on the background, the current…

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The Supporter Liaison Officer role, an important link between supporters, their club and the various stakeholders, first emerged in Germany at the beginning of the 1990s as a means of improving the experience of all the parties involved in organising and running a matchday. Since 2010, UEFA has adopted and further developed the SLO project, making it one of the mandatory criteria for clubs that wish to participate in a European competition.

One of the reasons the SLO project is considered…

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Lena Gustafson, one of the two Supporter Liaison Officers of Djurgardens IF explains her views on how the SLO project has helped improve the relationship between fans and the stakeholders and how important and useful embracing the project is for the clubs.

What was the situation like in Sweden before the SLO role was introduced?

I would say that before we implemented the SLO project the communication was poor in many ways. Obviously at some clubs it was worse than at others, especially with other stakeholders around football such…

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The supervisory board of fourth-tier German club FC Saarbrücken has given the go-ahead for the creation of a new Fan- und Förderabteilung (Supporter & Development Department) to provide a mechanism for developing a work network between the various club committees and departments, members and supporters. It will also serve as an additional channel of communication and consultation between supporters and senior club officials.

The SDD is the brainchild of Florian Kern, the newly appointed spokesperson and…

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A total of 65 supporter liaison officers (SLOs) from the 36 clubs in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 came together at the beginning of December for their annual winter plenary meeting, organised in cooperation with the German Football League (DFL). The various workshops focused on enhancing the experience of supporters travelling to away matches, pro-action and the fight against right wing extremism in the stands, and improving the sharing of good practice in fan work through…

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SSV Ulm 1846 against SSV Reutlingen. A classic south German derby. No matter which division the clubs are in, this matchup holds a unique allure for fans, players and officials alike. It was no different on 8 November, when the two sides met in the Oberliga Baden Wuerttemberg, currently the fifth tier of the German football league system. It had been almost exactly three years to the day since their last encounter…

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Djurgården’s opening match of the 2014 Allsvenskan season, in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg, was abandoned after a fan died from injuries sustained in an assault before the game. This tragedy highlighted the fact that Swedish football has a responsibility to act on the issue of football-related disorder. Under circumstances surrounding similar high-profile tragedies, there have been pressures to advocate measures that are punitive and repressive.

This unfortunate incident gave birth to ENABLE, a research project that aims to create…

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The Football League, the governing body that oversees the Championship, League One and League Two competitions for clubs in England and Wales, hosted their latest SLO training workshop at Birmingham City Football Club on 11 November. The workshop was attended by some 40 of the 72 clubs falling under the Football League’s jurisdiction. SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes was invited to present on the theory behind the SLO role along with the SLO of Swedish club AIK,…

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In early October the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a round table on the matchday activities of the supporter liaison officer (SLO). The event was attended by a representative of the BFU Executive Committee, the BFU Deputy Executive Director, various BFU officials and representatives of the police as well as club SLOs, various supporters club representatives and the chairman of the Bulgarian Supporters Association.

The SLO coordinator of the BFU, Dimitar Christov, kicked off the discussion with a presentation on the…

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