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By Mike Slocombe, 11th July 2002

The Football League is now insisting that the humble fixtures list is their own copyrighted material, and fans who dare post up their club's forthcoming fixtures on their unofficial websites can be expected to be rewarded with swift legal action from the League.

At the moment, official websites, newspapers, magazines, television, teletext and other medium pay a licence of £1000 to display fixtures, but why should non-profit sites have to fork out for something that has no bearing on the profitability of the FA? It is pure greed and nothing else.

Most businesses would pay good money to get grass roots support to advertise, discuss and promote their events for free, but once again the Football League shows that it cares little for the fans, but a lot for their own profit.

Instead of threatening loyal fans with bully boy tactics, they should be reminded that it's the fans who have kept the struggling clubs in business for years on end, and it's the fans who indirectly pay the Football League's wages.

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