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Category: Football politics

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Mixed reception for proposal to ban children heading footballs

Campaigners welcome ‘positive step’, but some working in children’s football question how enforceable it would bePeter Monk gave a wry response when asked if he thought children should be allowed to head a football from a young age.“To be honest, with …

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Extra FA Cup games offered to BBC and BT Sport after betting outcry

• FA talks to broadcasters after gambling companies step aside • Games could also be streamed on governing body’s websiteBroadcasters look likely to televise more FA Cup matches live, after the Football Association confirmed it was discussing how to en…

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Revealed: seven UK betting companies are live-streaming FA Cup games

• FA under fire over arrangement and urged to reconsider• Rights sold on by IMG under deal done before FA cut betting tiesSeven UK betting websites are live-streaming FA Cup matches as part of a TV and media rights deal struck by the Football Associati…

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The alternative 2019 sports awards: quotes, gaffes and animal cameos

A look back at another big year of sporting soap opera: Warnock on Brexit, VAR on armpits, and the ref who yakked up his tea• Neil Warnock, January – asked about Brexit while sitting in front of a “Visit Malaysia” sign put up by a Cyprus-born chairman …

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Football fans may need to take the lead in tackling racism at grounds | Letters

David Wall and Phillip Vine respond to Barney Ronay’s call for English football to combat racism, while Phil Richards points to Brexit as a cause for the resurfacing of the problemBarney Ronay argues that English football should take the lead in trying…

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EFL’s Rick Parry says more European games could pose threat to League Cup

Parry: potential for more Champions League games ‘a concern’New chairman dismisses idea of playing Carabao Cup abroadThe new EFL chairman Rick Parry is “watching intently” to see whether proposals to overhaul European club competition would threaten th…

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Foul play: how racism towards black footballers is moving online

Black footballers are dealing with a rise in vicious abuse on social media. Why?Imagine you’re a prominent black footballer. Once, the racist abuse you received would have come from the terraces, and as soon as you escaped the terraces you escaped the …

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Majority of AFC Wimbledon fans oppose private investors in new stadium

60% at Dons’ Trust meeting against external investmentEx-chairman Kris Stewart: ‘We lose control, day one’A majority of AFC Wimbledon supporters have expressed opposition to diluting the club’s landmark supporter-owned structure in return for significa…

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Fans must take it upon themselves to resist football’s politics of hate | Barney Ronay

As poison drips from parliament, racism in football has surged. Clearly our leaders cannot be trusted to set the right toneGary Neville was right. It might have struck a jarring note in the post-match Sky Sports studio, sandwiched between the unsmiling…

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Burnley supporter, 13, ejected from Spurs stadium for alleged racist gesture

• Boy alleged to have directed gesture at Son Heung-min• Incident adds to depressing weekend in Premier LeagueBurnley have confirmed that a 13-year-old supporter was ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following an alleged racist gesture towards…

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Salary cap losing its relevance in changing landscape of women’s football

Increased investment from top clubs into their women’s setups, TV rights and major sponsorships deals are adding to rapid growth off the fieldThe fact the Women’s Super League salary cap is set to be reviewed, according to the FA’s director of the prof…

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Tottenham love to talk of glory, but for Daniel Levy business is business

With the new stadium to pay for, the Spurs chairman is reliant on Champions League revenue to balance the books and has acted with brutal swiftness in removing Mauricio PochettinoThe lament that football has traded its soul for money has been associate…

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Eight games called off as strike in Spanish women’s top flight goes ahead

Two Saturday games postponed, six more affected on SundayPlayers seek improved salary and minimum wage concessionsFootballers in the women’s Spanish top flight are pressing ahead with their planned strike this weekend, after failing to negotiate a new …

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Jack Dunnett obituary

Football club chairman who spurred Notts County to gloryJack Dunnett, who has died aged 97, was a solicitor, Labour MP and property developer who will also be remembered as a hugely successful chairman of Notts County FC – and as president of the Footb…

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Jack Dunnett obituary

Football club chairman who spurred Notts County to gloryJack Dunnett, who has died aged 97, was a solicitor, Labour MP and property developer who will also be remembered as a hugely successful chairman of Notts County FC – and as president of the Footb…

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Arsène Wenger lands new Fifa role as head of global football development

• Former Arsenal manager to oversee progress at all levels• Wenger had been linked with Bayern Munich vacancyArsène Wenger has taken up a new role with Fifa as its chief of global football development, the game’s world governing body has announced. Wen…

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VAR – let’s press pause on Boxing Day and check if we want to rewind technology | Richard Williams

Like Brexit, whatever sensible arguments are made for VAR, they are swamped by the damage it has caused and we need time to reflect on what kind of football we want to seeThree minutes and 47 seconds is a long time in football. An awful lot can happen….

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VAR – let’s press pause on Boxing Day and check if we want to rewind technology | Richard Williams

Like Brexit, whatever sensible arguments are made for VAR, they are swamped by the damage it has caused and we need time to reflect on what kind of football we want to seeThree minutes and 47 seconds is a long time in football. An awful lot can happen….

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Home nations far from united over GB women’s Olympic football team | Ewan Murray

It was supposed to be a one-off for London 2012 but the team will be back at Tokyo 2020. Some Scotland players are eager to be involved but only the English are really happyIt was an afterthought as England’s campaign ended at the Women’s World Cup thi…

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Chelsea handed 20 November hearing for appeal against Fifa transfer ban

• Court of arbitration for sport to rule on two-window ban• Fifa committee found club committed 150 rule breachesChelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa is to be considered by the court of arbitration for sport on 20 November…