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Former Bradford professor returns to lecture on the beautiful game of football

Published: 2014/01/28

Peace studies, at the University of Bradford, will continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with a public lecture on Football, Conflict and the Role of the Ombudsman - Regulating the Beautiful Game.

Peace studies, at the University of Bradford, will continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with a public lecture on Football, Conflict and the Role of the Ombudsman – Regulating the Beautiful Game.

The Independent Football Ombudsman, Professor Derek Fraser, will deliver the lecture on Wednesday February 19, 2014.

The lecture is part of the 40th anniversary Peace Studies celebrations, which brings speakers from various sectors of society to discuss issues to do with conflict and peace.

Professor Derek Fraser will explore how innovations in the governance of sport can contribute to our understanding of the practice of conflict resolution. He will also discuss the significance of football in British society and how the beautiful game can make a difference in society through football in the community initiatives". 

Professor Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor at the University of Teesside, where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive from 1992 until 2003.  He is the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO), which was established in 2008 by the three football authorities with the agreement of Government. Professor Fraser was previously the Chairman of the Independent Football Commission, during the whole of its term, from 2001 to 2008.

Prof Derek Fraser, said: “I am looking forward to giving this public lecture which will be the first time I have lectured at the University since I was Professor of Modern History at Bradford in the 1980s.

“Football is very important in the popular psyche and the lecture will discuss how Ombudsman schemes in general and the IFO in particular can contribute to dispute resolution.”

The lecture takes place in the Norcroft Centre Auditorium at the University of Bradford on Wednesday February 19 at 6pm. Tickets must be booked in advanced.

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