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Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue is toppled by fans of former club Malmö

• Former Malmö player has bought stake in rivals Hammarby• Bronze statue has been target of repeated attacksAfter weeks of vandalism, the controversial statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö has finally been knocked over.The monument, which is located o…

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Swell news for Tahiti as Paris opts to host Olympic surfing 10,000 miles away

Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host cityThe organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, d…

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World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table

Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck’Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football.The grandmaster i…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Chelsea are back in fashion – but Roman Abramovich is out in the cold

Special report: A young, resurgent side are delighting fans but the club’s billionaire owner is feeling the chill after years of being welcomed by the British establishmentIn the final minutes of Chelsea’s crisp win over Crystal Palace in their last ho…

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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Raymond Poulidor obituary

French cyclist who achieved a record eight podium finishes in the Tour de France but never wore the leader’s yellow jerseyRaymond Poulidor, who has died aged 83, became France’s most popular cycle racer – and arguably its most best-loved sportsman – th…

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East v West: FC Viktoria and Berliner Dynamo meet in a united city

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the two teams have let go of the ghosts of the pastAndreas applied for papers to leave East Germany in 1986. After a three-year wait his request was granted in July 1989. “As a 24-year-old I was ready for the …

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor fined €1,000 over Dublin pub assault

Mixed martial arts star punched customer who rejected offer of a shot of his whiskeyThe Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has been fined €1,000 (£850) for assaulting a man in a Dublin pub who rejected his offer of a drink.A Dublin court c…

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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Uefa under pressure to crack down on Bulgaria in response to racism

Kick It Out calls for teams to be excluded from tournamentsBulgarian prime minister asks country’s football chief to quitUefa is coming under increasing pressure to take strong action against the Bulgarian football union after England’s Euro 2020 quali…

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England Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia halted twice over racist abuse

England manager Gareth Southgate alerts Uefa officials to chanting by Bulgaria’s home fansEngland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black play…

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England Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia halted twice over racist abuse

England manager Gareth Southgate alerts Uefa officials to chanting by Bulgaria’s home fansEngland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black play…

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England fans clash with Prague police before defeat to Czech Republic – video

England fans clashed with police in Prague on Friday prior to their team’s to Czech Republic – the first time England have lost a qualifier for a major tournament in 10 years. The violence erupted when bottles were thrown towards armed officers in riot…

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England supporters involved in violent clashes with police in Prague

• Three Lions fans throw bottles towards officers in riot gear• Around 20 arrests made in city’s Old Town after clashesEngland supporters have been involved in violent clashes with local police in Prague.The ugly scenes erupted just before 7pm local ti…

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Prague prepares for England fans’ long weekend with ‘anti-conflict units’

• Six thousand England fans expected in Czech capital• Police warn of zero tolerance for violation of local lawsCzech police have been put on high alert for the arrival of an estimated 6,000 English supporters here for Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier betw…

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Racism in Italian football a scourge of youth game too, say campaigners

Youth players targeted with racist insults similar to high-profile Serie A stars, study findsRacism blights youth football in Italy as much as it does the top leagues, with about 80 cases recorded over the last two seasons, campaigners have said.The is…

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Racism in Italian football a scourge of youth game too, say campaigners

Youth players targeted with racist insults similar to high-profile Serie A stars, study findsRacism blights youth football in Italy as much as it does the top leagues, with about 80 cases recorded over the last two seasons, campaigners have said.The is…

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Juventus ‘ultras’ leaders arrested over alleged ticketing racket

Investigation linked to alleged mafia infiltration into ultras’ ticket toutingTwelve leaders of hardcore Juventus “ultra” football fan groups have been arrested on suspicion of criminal association, money laundering, violence and aggravated extortion i…