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Category: Football politics

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English football needs independent regulator, says chair of fan-led review

Tracey Crouch sets out preliminary findings to culture secretaryFair Game group of clubs says recommendations must go furtherThe prospect of a government legislating to impose an independent regulator on England’s most popular and successful sport has …

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Give young supporters a voice to help shape the future of football | Kenza Boutalbi and Kian Hill

Football fans have shown their collective power over the past year but, as in many walks of life, the views of young people are largely ignoredThe past year and a half has reminded us time and again of the importance and power of football fans. When th…

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FA commissions independent review into Euro 2020 final Wembley chaos

• FA vows to identify and punish those involved on 11 July• ‘A key emphasis will be to ensure that lessons are learned’The Football Association has commissioned an independent review to investigate the trouble which marred England’s Euro 2020 final def…

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FA deserves its share of the applause for England’s Euro 2020 successes

Excellent Euros is no accident, but rather the realisation of FA’s steady progress, planning and sound foundationsThe Football Association, a national fixture since 1863, sustains energetic batterings when mired in its periodic crises, so it is only ri…

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FA deserves its share of the applause for England’s Euro 2020 successes

Excellent Euros is no accident, but rather the realisation of FA’s steady progress, planning and sound foundationsThe Football Association, a national fixture since 1863, sustains energetic batterings when mired in its periodic crises, so it is only ri…

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FA deserves its share of the applause for England’s Euro 2020 successes

Excellent Euros is no accident, but rather the realisation of FA’s steady progress, planning and sound foundationsThe Football Association, a national fixture since 1863, sustains energetic batterings when mired in its periodic crises, so it is only ri…

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Hungarian minister calls Uefa ‘pitiful’ over sanction for fans’ racist behaviour

• Hungary to play two matches behind closed doors• Foreign minister likens Uefa to communist regimeHungary’s foreign minister has called Uefa “pitiful and cowardly” and likened it to a communist regime after the decision to order Hungary to play two ga…

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‘They just took it off me’ – Danish fan after rainbow flag confiscated in Baku

Supporter had flag removed by official at Euro 2020 quarter-finalUefa investigating incident while flag was returned to ownerA Danish supporter has spoken about the moment he had a rainbow flag confiscated before the Euro 2020 quarter-final against the…

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Covid: Euro 2020 crowds ‘a recipe for disaster’, warns EU committee

Letting 60,000 fans into Wembley branded ‘utterly irresponsible’, as the WHO warns crowds will fuel rise in casesAllowing 60,000 fans into Wembley and other Euro 2020 venues is “a recipe for disaster” and “irresponsible”, MEPs and the German interior m…

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Uefa signs Women’s Champions League free live streaming deal with Dazn

Global sports platform Dazn signs four-year-deal with UefaAll games in first two seasons will be on new YouTube channelUefa has signed a groundbreaking rights deal for the Women’s Champions League that will mean the competition is streamed live for fre…

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Keeping Euro 2020 semis and final at Wembley boosts World Cup bid, says FA

Agreement bolsters relationship with Uefa, says BullinghamFA yet to decide whether to bid for 2030 World CupThe Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, has said keeping the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley will help his or…

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Hungary’s Orbán cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row

Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on stadium illuminationThe Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has cancelled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 football match between Hungary and Germany in response …

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Having 24 teams is unwieldy but Euro 2020 is a step up in quality on France | Jonathan Wilson

The qualifying tweak that admitted North Macedonia was a plus but third-placed teams advancing undermines integrityA little over a decade ago, John Delaney, the infamous then president of the Football Association of Ireland, approached Sepp Blatter and…

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Marko Arnautovic gets one-game Euro 2020 ban for insulting Ezgjan Alioski

• Austria striker to miss game against Netherlands• Uefa clears him of discriminatory behaviourMarko Arnautovic has been given a one-game suspension after he was cleared of discriminatory behaviour in his mid-match rant against North Macedonia.The forw…

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‘Ridiculous’: Peter Schmeichel criticises Uefa over restarting Denmark game

Michael Laudrup: ‘Team having to decide so soon was wrong’Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand: ‘Better to get it over with’Uefa has been criticised for only offering Denmark a choice of restarting their game against Finland on Saturday night or at noon on Su…

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Wembley the headline act at Euro 2020 but ailing finances cast a shadow

England’s national stadium lost £27.7m last year and Covid has only intensified existing doubts about its viabilityTo begin the final countdown to Euro 2020, Uefa projected Bono’s face on to Wembley. The U2 singer provides vocals for the tournament’s a…

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Balance of power reflected in Premier League settlement with breakaway clubs

The fines handed out demonstrate English football cannot continue its global growth without the snaky six on boardIt read like something drafted by the Spanish inquisition rather than the English Premier League. The European Super League six had “ackno…

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Six English ESL breakaway clubs agree to pay £20m to grassroots causes

Clubs and Premier League settle on punishment paymentSum is less per club than average squad member’s yearly salaryThe six English clubs who attempted to join the European Super League have agreed a settlement with the Premier League that will see them…