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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…

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Judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott: I stand by my verdict

‘I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen,’ says French judge The French judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott of assaulting his girlfriend has criticised the former England cricketer after he was knighted and says she stands by her decision to…

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Racism is spreading beyond the football stands. It’s time to kick it out for good

Taunts against black players are symptomatic of a rising tide of prejudice in society, fostered across Europe by the far rightRomelu Lukaku is a football star and goal-scoring machine. He has hit the net 113 times in 252 Premier League appearances and …

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Felice Gimondi obituary

One of the greats of Italian cycling who won the 1965 Tour de France when he was only 22Felice Gimondi, who has died of a heart attack aged 76, was one of Italy’s greatest cycling champions of the postwar era, a precociously young winner of the Tour de…

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Riding the Transcontinental: my saddle-sore sprint across Europe

The self-supported Transcontinental cycle race from the Black Sea in Bulgaria to France’s Atlantic coast is the toughest test of its kindAs I rolled along quiet lanes in the mountains of Serbia, a ferocious barking delivered a jolt of adrenaline and ca…

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Emiliano Sala and crash pilot ‘probably poisoned by fumes’

Toxicology tests on footballer’s body show fatal levels of carbon monoxide exposureThe footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes in their small plane that crashed in the Channel in January, invest…

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Cancer researcher becomes first woman to win 4,000km cycling race

Fiona Kolbinger, 24, rode from Bulgaria to France in 10 days, two hours and 48 minutesA German cancer researcher has become the first woman to win one of the world’s toughest cycling races in her first ultra-distance event.Fiona Kolbinger, 24, from Dre…

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Schalke chairman under pressure to resign over racist comments

• Clemens Tönnies has apologised for remarks about Africa• DFB ethics committee to discuss case on 15 AugustThe Schalke chairman, Clemens Tönnies, is under pressure to resign following widespread condemnation of racist comments he made last week.Speaki…

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Franky Zapata: French inventor crosses Channel by hoverboard – video

French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on his second attempt, after being knocked off balance during his first try last month. The 22-mile trip from Sangatte in northern France took Zapata 20 minu…

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South Korea: world championship swimmers injured in fatal balcony collapse

Nightclub balcony falls, killing two South Koreans and injuring athletes from the US, New Zealand, Netherlands, Italy and BrazilTwo South Koreans have died and several others, including athletes attending world aquatic championships, have been injured …

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‘Winning helps’: World Cup journey boosts women’s football revival in Italy

Milena Bertolini’s team face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Saturday and the country is beginning to appreciate the women’s game once moreIn 2015, a senior Italian football official dismissed female players as a “bunch of lesbians”. Felice Be…

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Golfer disqualified from Challenge Tour event – after running out of balls

• Clément Berardo makes early exit in first round of Spanish event• Frenchman loses his last ball on 16th hole at Valle RomanoFrench golfer Clément Berardo has made an embarrassing exit from a Challenge Tour event, after being disqualified for running …

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Women’s World Cup fever yet to take hold in Paris as tournament nears

The biggest Women’s World Cup in history is kicking off at the Parc des Princes on Friday but in the city there is not the air of anticipation you would expectWith the biggest Women’s World Cup in history kicking off at the Parc des Princes in Paris on…

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José Antonio Reyes, former Arsenal and Spain player, dies at age of 35

• Sevilla announce that Reyes has died in a car accident• Winger earned 21 international caps for SpainJosé Antonio Reyes, the former Arsenal and Spain footballer, has died in a car accident at the age of 35, Sevilla have announced.“We couldn’t be conf…

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Spanish footballers arrested over La Liga match-fixing claims

Players and officials from top two divisions reportedly held over La Liga 2 game in May 2018Spanish police have made several arrests following a complaint from La Liga about a game in May 2018 that was possibly fixed by “an organised criminal group”, t…

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Paris Saint-Germain president faces corruption inquiry

Nasser al-Khelaifi suspected of paying $3.5m to IAAF chief to help Qatar land world eventThe president of Paris Saint-Germain football club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, a French judicial official sa…