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Category: Football politics

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Aston Villa ‘appalled’ by racist abuse of teenager Tyreik Wright on Instagram

Club report ‘sickening and abhorrent messages’ to policeHate crime unit is investigating the incident Aston Villa have reported to West Midlands police “sickening and abhorrent” online racist abuse of their teenage winger Tyreik Wright.The Premier Leag…

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Big club power grab in danger of going unnoticed in football’s infinite scroll | Jonathan Liew

Fatigue from a seemingly never-ending fixture list means outrage at the actions of self-interested clubs appears to be in short supplyThere is a concept in web design called infinite scroll, which you will be familiar with if you’ve ever used Twitter, …

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Match-fixing on rise during pandemic and ‘diversifying’ into new areas

Suspicious football friendlies increase from 38 to 62 in a yearTable tennis, esports and volleyball being targeted by fixersSport is facing a “massive spread in the cancer of match-fixing” during the Covid-19 era, investigators have said, with fixers d…

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Football supporters’ groups condemn European super league plans

Statement signed by fans’ groups at top clubsPlans ‘would destroy the European model of sport’Football supporters’ groups at top clubs across Europe have made a strong collective statement condemning proposals for a European “super league”, describing …

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Football supporters’ groups condemn European super league plans

Statement signed by fans’ groups at top clubsPlans ‘would destroy the European model of sport’Football supporters’ groups at top clubs across Europe have made a strong collective statement condemning proposals for a European “super league”, describing …

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Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich increases funding to fight ‘appalling’ racist abuse

Chelsea’s Reece James among those targeted onlineAbramovich: ‘We cannot allow this to continue unchecked’The Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has written to his players promising to increase funding to efforts to stamp out discrimination after a spate …

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He shoots, he scores – or does he? How VAR changed football for ever

Virtual assistance for referees has drawn complaints from managers, players and fans. What has it done to the beautiful game?When Manchester City scored a brilliant winning goal in the last seconds of a Uefa Champions League quarter-final against Spurs…

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Sarai Bareman: the Fifa executive bringing women’s football in from the margins | Samantha Lewis

The former Samoa international and only woman on Fifa’s reform committee is driving change from withinFrom her time as a player on the Samoan women’s national team to becoming deputy secretary general of the tiny Oceania Football Confederation, few peo…

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Fifa dismisses Kieran Trippier’s appeal against 10-week suspension

Defender could continue playing if Atlético appeal to CasEngland full-back banned for breaching FA betting rules Fifa has dismissed Kieran Trippier’s appeal against a ban for breaching Football Association betting rules, but there is still hope he coul…

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Fifa dismisses Kieran Trippier’s appeal against 10-week suspension

Defender could continue playing if Atlético appeal to CasEngland full-back banned for breaching FA betting rules Fifa has dismissed Kieran Trippier’s appeal against a ban for breaching Football Association betting rules, but there is still hope he coul…

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‘A shambles’: David Bernstein swipes at football’s governance and urges action

Former FA chairman calls for urgent fan-led reviewBernstein troubled by game’s ‘obscene’ wealth gapThe former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has described the governance of the sport as “a shambles”, and called on the government to urgen…

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Premier League issues ‘enhanced’ Covid rules in bid to avoid suspension

Shirt-swapping banned and warning given against huggingDressing room spot checks now to be carried outThe Premier League has issued a hardline directive to its clubs in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and threatened action against players who br…

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Kieran Trippier’s betting ban for breaching FA rules suspended by Fifa

England full-back’s 10-week ban on hold pending appealTrippier now available for selection for Atlético Madrid againKieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for breaching FA rules on gambling has been put on hold pending an appeal.The FA announced Trippier’s susp…

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The alternative 2020 sports awards: quotes, storms and animal cameos

It was the year top clubs chased public money while fans gave theirs to food banks. Plus: rows, memes and angry ants Continue reading…

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Covid-hit Sunderland upset with EFL after failing to agree postponement

Match v Wimbledon went ahead despite player’s positive test‘Lack of clarity regarding potential sanctions’ prove to be issueThe English Football League laid itself open to accusations of double standards on Tuesday night after agreeing to call off Bris…

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Fifa steps in amid reports Jean-Bart is still exerting influence over Haitian FA

Normalisation committee is appointed to help run FHFFifa: ‘strong indications’ banned president still involvedFifa has appointed a normalisation committee for the Haitian Football Association (FHF) after it found “strong indications” that Yves Jean-Bar…

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Returning football fans to be allowed alcohol without a meal in stadiums

Supporters can drink but only if they are sitting downFirst fans will return to English grounds on WednesdaySupporters will be allowed to drink alcohol without ordering a substantial meal when football stadiums reopen on Wednesday – but only if they ar…

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Football needs to catch up and get its house in order over concussion

Sunday’s incident involving Raúl Jiménez and David Luiz was a reminder that other sports have far more sophisticated protocols in placeFor too long football has played tiki-taka with the issue of concussion, rather than tackling it head on. It has been…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale question use of images in Fifa 21

Best-selling computer game uses likenesses of footballers Players want to know if entitled to proceeds from gameSeveral of the world’s most recognisable players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale have questioned the right of football’s govern…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale question use of images in Fifa 21

Best-selling computer game uses likenesses of footballers Players want to know if entitled to proceeds from gameSeveral of the world’s most recognisable players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale have questioned the right of football’s govern…