Brighton in a jam

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Brighton supporters are urging fans throughout the country to jam the Football Association's telephone and fax lines in the three days leading up to England's game against Italy at Wembley on 12 February.

John Baine, of the Brighton Independent Supporters' Association, said: "The idea behind this protest is to clog the FA ahead of the England game. We have to make people aware that the FA have been spineless in matters concerning the Albion's future.

"We would like to think that there will be between 4,000 to 5,000 faxes and phone calls. We've already had support from all over the country and our aim is to make it impossible for the FA to function before the England match."

More talks between the Brighton chairman, Bill Archer, and Dick Knight, the head of the consortium trying to take over the Third Division club, are being held later this week. The discussions have been organised by the FA and are proceeding under the mediation of the Centre For Dispute Resolution.

Brighton plan to ground-share at Gillingham next season but no one at a supporters' meeting on Monday night said they would be making the 170- mile round trip.

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