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Category: Football politics

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Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans | Marina Hyde

Toothless urgings followed the death of Sahar Khodayari, who – faced with prison for trying to watch football – set herself on fireThe grim tragedy of Sahar Khodayari once again forces Fifa to pick the most expedient version of itself. Is it an organis…

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Champions League is back – but don’t expect a real match until February | Jonathan Wilson

The group stages have become predictable and merely reinforce financial inequalities between the biggest clubs and also-ransI n the distance the anthem swells. Inappropriate advertising hoardings are covered up. A continent prepares to give thanks to G…

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Legal action by players should be the next step for online abuse | Eni Aluko

If stadiums begin to be closed because of racist chanting then that could bring about the end of abuse for players in grounds at leastAt the end of last week the bookmaker Paddy Power published a tweet which contrasted the £10,000 fine given by the Foo…

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Football appears too self-important to bother itself about climate emergency | Louise Taylor

Choosing to stage Euro 2020 in 12 different countries is a decision that seems to be lacking in common senseImagine a series of outline maps spanning England, Europe and, perhaps even, the world. They feature clearly highlighted contours and country bo…

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Maidstone’s revival after going bust in the Football League offers Bury hope

Maidstone United were liquidated and dropped out of the Football League in 1992, but are now back where they belongBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkOn 13 May 1990, Mark Gall scored a 90th-minute equaliser for Maidstone United in the firs…

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Greater Manchester group working to reinstate Bury into League Two

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham joins MPs and fan groupProposal for club to enter fourth tier at start of 2020-21 seasonGreater Manchester Combined Authority has joined forces with local MPs and a Bury fans group in a bid to save the club.Bury were expel…

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Greater Manchester group working to reinstate Bury into League Two

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham joins MPs and fan groupProposal for club to enter fourth tier at start of 2020-21 seasonGreater Manchester Combined Authority has joined forces with local MPs and a Bury fans group in a bid to save the club.Bury were expel…

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Michel Platini, four years on from his downfall, still stalks the stage | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman wanted to be his own man and to parade as some kind of sporting conscience but in the end he found himself beaten thin and ultimately lost within the machineAs the sun-bleached August prelims fade away and the season proper kicks into gea…

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‘I don’t have a team any more’: Bury fans on the club’s collapse

Readers explain what Bury FC means to them after the club’s expulsion from the Football League Absolutely gutted. Although it’s seemed inevitable for quite some time I never thought it would actually happen. It’s not an overstatement to say the club wa…

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Salary caps and direct action: lessons to learn from Bury’s demise | David Conn

Clubs’ agreement will be needed for new rules regarding prospective new owners, the funding of takeovers and a salary capThe EFL’s executive chair, Debbie Jevans, who said she is devastated by having to expel the club, has committed to preventing such …

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Bury’s expulsion from EFL shows football’s regulations are meaningless | Barney Ronay

Demise is another warning that huge social value of clubs cannot beat the cold, hard edges of a free marketA good day to bury Bury. The swell of public sympathy at Bury FC’s expulsion from the English Football League was tangible on Wednesday morning. …

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Bury expelled from EFL after 125 years: updates and reaction – live

All the latest after Tuesday’s takeover of club collapsesDavid Conn: series of failures that left proud Bury in ruinsDavid Squires on Bolton, Bury and threat to our football clubsEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 9.53am BST …

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Bury expelled from EFL after 125 years: updates and reaction – live

All the latest after Tuesday’s takeover of club collapsesDavid Conn: series of failures that left proud Bury in ruinsDavid Squires on Bolton, Bury and threat to our football clubsEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 9.53am BST …

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Fans take Uefa to task over final tickets and hosts’ poor human-rights records

• Supporter groups want more tickets and accessible cities• Problems arose in Madrid and Baku last seasonA coalition of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham supporter groups has called on Uefa to improve the experience of fans at European finals a…

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Series of grinding failures that left proud, historic Bury in ruins

The appalling state of the club’s finances led to the modern and analytical potential buyers pulling abruptly out of the dealAfter such grinding and unnecessary failures precipitating a terminal crisis for Bury, a 134-year-old fixture of English footba…

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Bolton’s problems aren’t new. Where did all the Premier League money go?

The EFL should never have allowed Ken Anderson to take over in 2016 but the writing was on the wall during the years after relegation when Phil Gartside was chairmanIf Bolton Wanderers were to fold, it would be devastating. In provincial towns, the foo…

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Bury’s fate is a parable for the state of modern football | Anthony Clavane

A half-hour trip on Manchester’s metro perfectly illustrates the chasm between the game’s haves and have-notsEvery so often, the football world gets into a tizz about something fairly inconsequential. The game has gone, cry the doomsayers. Integrity ha…

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Bury’s fate is a parable for the state of modern football | Anthony Clavane

A half-hour trip on Manchester’s metro perfectly illustrates the chasm between the game’s haves and have-notsEvery so often, the football world gets into a tizz about something fairly inconsequential. The game has gone, cry the doomsayers. Integrity ha…

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EFL gives Bury Tuesday deadline for Campbell takeover to go through

• Club will be expelled from League One if 5pm deadline is missed• Directors of purchasers include Rory Campbell, son of AlastairThe English Football League has given Bury until Tuesday for their owner, Steve Dale, to conclude a sale, or the club will …

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Bury are an extension of family, losing them would devastate a community | James Bentley

Two bad owners have driven Bury to the brink, but a club is more than its owners and it should not be allowed to dieWhen my great?grandfather, Thomas Watts, was captured during the first world war, I can only imagine what thoughts filled his head durin…