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Football: The hate that dares not speak its name! - Perry Groves

An article about homophobia in football from Black Flag #218 1999.

Red Attitude

A partial archive of Red Attitude, a Manchester United fanzine produced by supporters of Anti Fascist Action. Taken from the collection at the Anti-Fascist Archive. See also a collection of similar zines from Leeds United fans here.

The opiate of the people? - Eduardo Galeano

The late Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano on some intellectuals and their views on football.

Fighting Talk 9 (1994)

Issue 9 of Anti-Fascist Action's Fighting Talk magazine. A football special.

Pakistan: The struggles of workers making footballs for the FIFA World Cup

The Russian Ambassador to Pakistan, Alexey Dedo, confirmed that his country will be using footballs manufactured in the Pakistani city of Sialkot for the World Cup. More than 70% of the world's footballs are made in Sialkot. Despite the “hallmark of quality” and “exceptional product”, the reality of their production is the brutal exploitation of the local working class.

Bologna supporters fined for anti-police brutality protest

Flag displaying Federico Aldrovandi's face at another match.

Supporters of Bologna football club have been fined for their protest during an away game at Napoli on Sunday to commemorate the violent murder of a teenager by police officers in Ferrara, Northern Italy.

The effects of the Hillsborough disaster and police cover up

The frontpage on the left is the infamous smear paper

Steve Kelly is the brother of one of the 96 Liverpool FC fans crushed to death in 1989 in Hillsborough, this is his account of how the police treated the families of the victims and the impact of the coverup and media smears.

Boycotts and legal action as Clapton fans fight to take their club back

Supporters of Clapton FC, renowned for their left-wing politics and activity in the local community, are continuing their struggle to take control away from the current owners and turn the East London club into a democratic, fan-owned football club open to the community.

Finisterre, Alejandro, 1919-2007

Alejandro Finisterre

A short biography of Spanish anarchist poet and inventor of table football (“foosball”), Alejandro Finisterre, born Alejandro Campos Ramirez.

Not welcome in Vallekas: Roman Zozulya and Rayo Vallecano

Small in sport, big in values; long live Rayo and the working class!

When Rayo Vallecano made a loan deal with Real Betis for Roman Zozulya, a player linked to far-right ultras and the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine, the team's famously left-wing supporters started a 'Zozulya Not Welcome' campaign that has since led to the player being sent back to his parent club.