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Crystal Palace urged to condemn Democratic Football Lads Alliance

Letter signed by MPs warns rightwing group is spreading its message in local areaCrystal Palace football club has been called on to denounce the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA), amid concerns that the group is trying to organise among supporte…

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FA’s Greg Clarke asks Uefa to hand referees power to take action on racism

• Uefa’s three-step protocol ‘needs to evolve’ says Clarke• Uefa president says referees will be urged to be ‘brave’The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has called for Uefa to make it easier for referees to halt or abandon matches when they …

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Gordon Taylor’s exit kicks open door for rise of a players’ union with bite | Barney Ronay

PFA has for too long masqueraded as a union because it is funded to the tune of £23m a year by its members’ paymastersFarewell then, Gordon Taylor. Although not quite yet. And only, in the best union traditions, after due process has been completed.The…

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Karren Brady defends West Ham’s stance on Democratic Football Lads Alliance

• Vice-chair highlights club’s record fighting discrimination• She says singling out DFLA gives them ‘oxygen and publicity’Karren Brady has defended West Ham’s work combating racism in the face of calls for the club to issue an unequivocal condemnation…

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Gordon Taylor expected to announce departure as PFA chief executive

• Taylor, 74, to tell AGM he will step aside after 38 years• He has faced scrutiny from PFA chairman Ben PurkissGordon Taylor is expected to inform a Professional Footballers’ Association AGM on Wednesday afternoon that he plans to step down as chief e…

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Why societal change makes mockery of England’s dual nationality debate | Barney Ronay

Increasing numbers of England players are dual-qualified, requiring a nuanced approach to identity, history and familyWhat have Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dele Alli, James Tarkowski and Trent Alexander-Arnold got in common? Aside from carrying th…

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FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading…

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Football Federation Australia criticised for supporting Sheikh Salman’s re-election

Bahraini AFC president’s bid gets Australian backingHakeem al-Araibi demands answers from FFAA “shocked and disappointed” Hakeem al-Araibi has called on Football Federation Australia to justify its support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s bid for …

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Germany’s learning visits offer measure of Dan Ashworth’s England legacy

• Former FA technical director proud of St George’s Park success• Dual-nationality players must feel welcome, Ashworth saysDan Ashworth has pointed to the establishment of St George’s Park as an elite hub for English football as his greatest legacy fro…

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Fifa risks row with Europe’s elite by approving new 24-team Club World Cup

• New tournament set to take place every four years from 2021• European Club Association unhappy with lack of consultationFifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starti…

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MPs call for investigation into Qatar World Cup bid claims

• Qatar reported to have offered Fifa $400m before 2022 success• Al Jazeera alleged to have signed TV contract making the offerAn investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (£307m) only three weeks before world football’…

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Anderson set for Bolton exit after toxic tenure that drove fans away | Paul Wilson

Ken Anderson, labelled a ‘rogue chairman’ by another EFL owner, is poised to end a reign beset by financial problemsHot on the heels of the ousting of Owen Oyston at Blackpool, the departure of another unpopular owner at a famous old Lancashire club ap…

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David Squires on … Fifa, North Korea and bidding to host the Women’s World Cup

Our cartoonist looks at the latest great idea to get support from world football’s governing body Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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EFL warns Coventry City they risk expulsion over home venue uncertainty

• Coventry given deadline of 5 March to provide an update• Club say they ‘want to do a deal’ to stay at Ricoh ArenaThe EFL has warned Coventry City that they risk being expelled from the league unless they confirm where they intend to play home matches…

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Where is Gordon Taylor’s PFA review? No doubt he’s beavering away | Marina Hyde

The world’s highest-paid union official promised a review in November but it appears to be moving at a glacial paceI don’t know the Latin for “look busy and it’ll die down” – but whatever it is, it could do with being carved above the lintel of the Pro…

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Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the middle east, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football co…

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Re-elected Ceferin stresses Uefa opposition to European Super League

• Uefa congress confirms president’s unopposed election• Only five managers attended VAR briefing, claims CeferinAleksander Ceferin has emphasised his firm opposition to a breakaway club “super league”, and to Fifa’s currently shelved proposals for a r…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says

Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salm…

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Call for Fifa’s Salman al-Khalifa to step down if Hakeem al-Araibi is not freed

World Players Association questions why there has been no statement from the football body’s vice-president Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa should be disqualified from his positions as vice-president of Fifa and president of the Asian Football Confederation (…

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Fifa urges Thailand to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

• Fifa says Araibi ‘at risk of mistreatment in his home country’• Araibi was arrested in Thailand on 27 NovemberFifa has urged Thailand’s government to immediately release the Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been held in a Bangkok prison …