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Uefa reaction to Russian racism is woefully weak and needs addressing | Martha Kelner

Alleged abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster by Spartak Moscow captain has led to some campaigners calling for more education for Russian playersIt was only last week inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin,…

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BBC prepares for Hamilton-Froome-Farah no-show at Spoty awards night

• Lewis Hamilton second favourite for award behind Anthony Joshua• Chris Froome will be in Mallorca and Mo Farah is moving houseThe BBC is preparing for the possibility three of the biggest names on its shortlist for sports personality of the year, inc…

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FA’s Greg Clarke to embark on global tour with 2030 World Cup in mind

• FA chairman Greg Clarke looking to build bridges in Africa and Asia• World Cup tournament in 13 years’ time will have 48 teamsThe chairman of the Football Association is to embark on a worldwide tour of other Fifa member countries on a charm offensiv…

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Suspected Russian hoaxers target former IPC head Philip Craven

• Recordings of Craven’s voice used in calls to high-profile figures• German journalists Hajo Seppelt raises alarm after phone contactThe former head of the International Paralympic Committee suspects he was targeted by Russian hoaxers for the second t…

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Southgate’s job safe whatever the results in Russia, says FA’s Martin Glenn

• Chief executive says FA has ‘realistic’ World Cup expectations• 2018 finals seen as staging post for ‘sustainable’ team developmentGareth Southgate has been told he will keep his job even if England lose all their group stage matches at Russia 2018, …

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Gareth Southgate downplays England travel concerns for World Cup in Russia

• England manager happy with choice of ForRestMix Club base• ‘The longest flight we’d have to do is three hours. That’s nothing’Gareth Southgate insisted England would stick with their training base outside St Petersburg even if the World Cup draw resu…

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England fans told to stick to a pint on World Cup matchdays if they want to stay safe

• Visit Russia cannot guarantee safety if supporters are drunk and offensive• Fifa forced to deny Friday’s World Cup draw in the Kremlin will not be riggedEngland fans at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer have been told to restrict their alcoh…

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Gay fans warned holding hands at Russia World Cup will be dangerous

• Equality campaigner Fare will produce cautionary guide for LGBT fans• Piara Powar: ‘Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite underground’LGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Ru…

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Gay fans warned holding hands at Russia World Cup will be dangerous

• Equality campaigner Fare will produce cautionary guide for LGBT fans• Piara Powar: ‘Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite underground’LGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Ru…

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Blind Liverpool fan makes formal complaint against Seville police tactics

• Supporter left ‘vulnerable’ after he had his cane taken away at stadium• Calls for FA to do more to protect fans against ‘over-zealous’ policing abroadA blind Liverpool fan was left feeling “vulnerable” and discriminated against after claiming his ca…

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Shane Sutton claims of common use of TUEs to ‘find gains’ upset British cyclists

• Paralympian Jody Cundy says claims would ‘muddy’ Bradley Wiggins’ name• British Cycling’s former technical director made comments in BBC documentaryBritish cyclists are disturbed that their former technical director Shane Sutton considered therapeuti…

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Wu Ching-kuo steps down as leader of Aiba, amateur boxing’s governing body

• Taiwanese steps down amid allegations of mismanagement • Franco Falcinelli, currentlyAiba’s senior vice-president, to take overThe suspended leader of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has announced he is stepping down amid allegations of financ…

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Premier League clubs agree to screen up to 210 live matches a season

• Increase from 168 a season to make top flight even wealthier• Saturday night live match on the cards in 2019-2022 TV dealPremier League chairmen have voted unanimously in favour of a broadcast tender under which between 190 and 210 games will be show…

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Law to change to make sex between coaches and 16- and 17-year-olds illegal

• MP Tracey Crouch to bring sport into line with other sectors• ‘This is a much-needed step in right direction,’ says NSPCCChanges to the law are set to make it illegal for sport coaches to have sex with 16- and 17-year-old children in their care in th…

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MPs to question sports minister Tracey Crouch on British Gymnastics crisis

• Crouch to appear before digital, culture, media and sport select committee • Entire GB men’s artistic team are in contract dispute with British GymnasticsTracey Crouch, the sports minister, will be questioned on Tuesday on the unfurling crisis within…

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Gymnastics in crisis as Max Whitlock and others refuse to sign contracts

• Rebellion by leading athletes threatens future funding• British Gymnastics accused of creating a culture of fearBritish Gymnastics is facing a crisis with its biggest stars, including the double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, refusing to sign World C…

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Taped limbs, Valium and cold showers: Paralympic ‘cheating’ claims mount

• Athletes have drugged themselves and rolled in snow says former IPC expert• IPC insists system is ‘robust’ as allegations mount of intentional misleadingA former classification expert for the International Paralympic Committee has lifted the lid on a…

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Taped limbs, Valium and cold showers: Paralympic ‘cheating’ claims mount

• Athletes have drugged themselves and rolled in snow says former IPC expert• IPC insists system is ‘robust’ as allegations mount of intentional misleadingA former classification expert for the International Paralympic Committee has lifted the lid on a…

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BBC fights back with 1,000 extra hours of live sports coverage

• Hockey, swimming and basketball biggest beneficiaries of shake-up• BBC promises ‘huge expansion in the availability of free-to-air sport in the UK’The BBC will increase its live sport coverage by up to 1,000 hours a year in what the director general,…

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Para-swimmers are ‘exaggerating their disability’, MPs told

• Levana Hanson’s father Mark says concerns have been ignored • Tanni Grey-Thomson: athletes who raised alarm feared deselectionThe crisis facing the Paralympic movement over alleged abuse of the classification system deepened on Wednesday after claims…