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Category: Football politics

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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…

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English football should not be so keen to mount its high horse so readily | David Conn

While news of Uefa’s sanctions on Bulgaria was breaking, Haringey were facing Yeovil in take-two of an FA Cup tie in which racism caused a player walk-offThe English reaction to Uefa sanctions for racist incidents is now so predictable as to be almost …

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Fans are focus of Football League project to reduce match-day policing

• Early results–too many police on duty, too few talk to fans• Annual cost of policing professional football totals £48mThe English Football League is to fund research into match-day policing aimed at managing potential flashpoints with a more progress…

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EFL checks on prospective owners to be reviewed after Bury expulsion

• Acting chair Debbie Jevans says ‘we must learn lessons’• Officials give evidence to Commons select committeeThe English Football League is to examine how it can protect clubs from inadequate owners before they are allowed to take over, following the …

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So: Bulgaria bad, England good? Actually this is not as black and white as it seems | Marina Hyde

It was not that long ago Raheem Sterling was being vilified by sections of English press and supporters, and hypocrisy has been rife since Monday’s debacle in SofiaThere has scarcely been a more breakneck reverse ferret than the support now shown by so…

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Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Women free to watch World Cup qualifier after ban liftsThose attending in Tehran will be segregated from menIranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic r…

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Premier League could lose fourth automatic Champions League place

• Proposal would see fourth club to go through qualifying• La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga would also be affectedThe Premier League faces losing one of its automatic Champions League spots under proposals being floated by the European Leagues.Clubs…

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Football’s diverse landscape remains polluted by racists despite our outrage | Andrew Anthony

If the scourge of the game is to be stamped out, then Fifa cannot be soft on transgressorsL ast Monday Fifa’s The Best football awards were held at La Scala opera house in Milan. It was, as usual, an excruciating affair, full of turgid speeches and emb…

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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…