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The anti-Wada ‘lynch mob’ is not one Vernon Kay and co would recognise | Marina Hyde

Dick Pound’s defence of his latest successor as Wada president, Craig Reedie, just doesn’t stand upEncouraging news for the embattled Wada president, Sir Craig Reedie, as the founder Wada president, Dick Pound, rides eye-catchingly to his defence. By w…

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Inconceivable! Russia yet again leave Sir Craig Reedie looking the fool | Marina Hyde

Wada’s president must believe in magic if he is genuinely surprised by Russia’s failure to meet a deadline on allowing access to its Moscow labsIf you insist on starting each new year with a sense of childlike wonderment, you will be stunned by news th…

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Martin Solveig says he is ‘especially’ respectful with women. What a twerk | Marina Hyde

After his embarrassing question to Ada Hegerberg marred Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris, the French DJ didn’t pass up the chance to keep on diggingEnormous commiserations to French DJ Martin Solveig, the latest person to be filmed doing somethin…

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Richard Scudamore’s £5m tip might blow over but resentment will linger | Marina Hyde

Gordon Taylor’s largesse has superseded the furore over the outgoing Premier League chief executive’s retirement gift yet this level of boardroom excess is a slap in the face to fansA friend once stepped aboard a super-yacht hired by a super-rich, and …

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Gordon Taylor, the world’s ruliest rulers and an attempted PFA coup | Marina Hyde

Taylor has ruled the PFA for four decades but if upstart general Ben Purkiss has his way, the chief executive will fall short of surpassing Fidel Castro in the annals of absolute powerHow distressing to find this column’s old friend Gordon Taylor the s…

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FA’s novelty player clanger insults US and threatens special relationship | Marina Hyde

Expect economic sanctions and expelled diplomats once the American public wise up to what Wayne Rooney’s one-night-only appearance against USA really meansWhat a fascinating entry to international politics for the Football Association, who clearly anti…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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Let us simplify this for Sir Craig Reedie: Wada is not doing its job | Marina Hyde

Not surprisingly reinstating Russia to international competition has not gone down particularly well, and the Wada president’s insistence he had no alternative is a laughable responseI am affronted on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency president Cr…

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Saudi scheme shows Fifa remains the world’s most expensive laundry service | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino’s nonsensical insistence that Fifa is non-political continues the work of his predecessor, Sepp BlatterIf only Fifa had a vice president in charge of delivering that classic line of movie cliche: “You don’t know who you’re dealing with…

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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde

The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substanceEven in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glaz…

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Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino possibly meant well in saying ‘this virus of women’s football will spread’ yet 2019’s showpiece is on the same day as the Copa América and Concacaf Gold Cup finalsLike anyone else waking up after being cryogenically frozen since the 19…

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Wada appears to have complied with Russia – wasn’t it meant to be the other way round? | Marina Hyde

The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore the clamour from outraged athletes and national doping federations and relax its ban on RussiaHas a performance ever felt less enhanced than that of World Anti-Doping Agency? The body notionally responsible…

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It’s A Knockout Cup anyone? How Uefa might sate its competition thirst | Marina Hyde

Europe’s governing body wants yet another tournament so here are some modest proposals, from a Cup Losers’ Cup to a tournament only for ArsenalSet your sights on adventure, because there is some highly called-for news out of Uefa. The governing body of…

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Nike’s commercial cynicism is clear but Colin Kaepernick ad is a sign | Marina Hyde

From the Tiger Woods ‘Did you learn anything?’ advert to denials about the benefits of anti-racism campaigns, Nike are easy to see through. But they do back winnersOnce, it used to be said that conservatives start culture wars and liberals win them. Th…

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How Lazio’s ultras must wish they had the cash reserves of Man City | Marina Hyde

City’s acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentary shows the soft power that has been bought by their Abu Dhabi ownersIt was the best of times, it was arguably not really the worst of times. Either way, we once again have football public relations to thank…

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Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde

The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yetI am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray tri…

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‘Cancelling Christmas’ and poppygate: Premier League guide for new arrivals | Marina Hyde

So you’ve swapped Serie A or the Bundesliga for life in England. Here’s a crash course in what to expect from your new leagueWelcome, talented football player from Abroad! As one of our age-old sayings goes: to be signed to an English Premier League si…

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Manchester United are missing a trick with José Mourinho: the reality show | Marina Hyde

Manager’s soap diva histrionics perfect for a fly-on-the-wall production guaranteed to take ratings through the roofIn 2007, coinciding with the moment David Beckham made his debut for LA Galaxy, I was at their Home Depot Center ground in Los Angeles t…

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England team have world on their side as political order collapses back home | Marina Hyde

Tories, let’s be clear – distracting everyone by bringing down the government this week, of all weeks, is unacceptableThanks to David Davis and Boris Johnson, England are now one of those World Cup sides that can be described sympathetically as “playin…

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Inside the Wimbledon wormhole with Boris, Martina … and Arron Banks? | Marina Hyde

The verbal rallies have started at SW19 as Martina Navratilova came out on top in a joust with the Brexit financier while Boris Becker was left stumped by Sue Barker’s opening gambit“To everyone’s surprise,” reflects a character at the start of sci-fi …