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Category: Immigration and asylum

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Walking football is still alive and kicking

Live sport | Key workers | Learning lessons | Ventilators | PointlessWell done, Max Rushden (You don’t know what you’ve got as a sports fan till it’s gone, Sport, 20 March). Not sure whether Walking Football, which comprises a bunch of argumentative ov…

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Gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya gets reprieve

Ken Macharia allowed to return home but deportation threat remains after fresh asylum claim rejected A gay rugby player facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be the victim of persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a la…

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Gay rugby player faces deportation to Kenya as asylum claim rejected

Kenneth Macharia fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence if forced to leave UKA gay rugby player who is facing deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will be subjected to persecution and violence because of his sexuality, has had a fres…

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Former England boxer released from immigration centre

Effectively stateless Kelvin Bilal Fawaz says detention has been ‘excruciating’The former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz, who was arrested and sent to an immigration removal centre last month, has been released after his lawyers threatened to launch …

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Gay rugby player wins temporary reprieve from deportation

Kenneth Macharia fears persecution because of his sexuality if deported to KenyaA gay rugby player threatened with deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will face persecution because of his sexuality, has been given a temporary reprieve.Kenneth Macha…

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Nine-year-old chess prodigy told he can stay in UK

Shreyas Royal’s father says son ecstatic after Home Office reverses visa decisionA nine-year-old chess prodigy has been told he does not have to leave the UK when his father’s work visa expires, a move that has been welcomed by MPs and chess organisati…

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World Cup semi-finalists: four success stories with a common driving force

Be it Croatia’s hero hailing from Switzerland or the 50% of French and Belgian players with African ancestry, immigration is at the heart of each squadPelé’s prediction that an African team would win the World Cup before the turn of the 21st century en…

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Roman Abramovich ‘granted Israeli citizenship’

Russia-born Chelsea FC owner to move to Tel Aviv after problems renewing UK visa, Israeli media reportsRoman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, has been granted Israeli citizenship and will move to Tel Aviv, according to local …

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Roman Abramovich thought to be caught up in UK visa crackdown

No 10 confirms it is looking at investor visas, as Russia attacks ‘unfair’ practicesThe Chelsea football club owner, Roman Abramovich, appears to have been caught up in a government crackdown on wealthy investors coming to the UK after the Salisbury po…

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new oneBritish authorities have not issued a new visa to the Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and it is not clear whether one will be …

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Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remainA Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of Lond…

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How a champion boxer got caught in Britain’s immigration dragnet

A little-known Home Office scheme designed to deport more ‘foreign criminals’ has left Kelvin Bilal Fawaz – and many others like him – living in an endless limbo. By Daniel TrillingThe opening ceremony of the London Olympics, on 27 July 2012, should ha…

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Boxing champion awaits deportation after fighting for England six times

Kelvin Fawaz was a child when he came to the UK from Nigeria, a country that has said he cannot live there as he is not a citizenA boxing champion who has represented England six times has been arrested and locked in an immigration detention centre, pe…

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Jaber Abdullah: how I set up a refugee football team in Barnsley | Johnny McDevitt

The Sudanese asylum seeker has created a 50-strong squad to help men stuck in immigration limbo in a town that has faced anti-immigration marches

Jaber Abdullah, a Sudanese asylum seeker, says he will never forget the day when Barnsley Football Club gave him tickets to go and watch the team play at their stadium. “It was the first activity any of us had done since we arrived in the UK because we could not afford to go anywhere,” says Abdullah, 40, who set up the Refugee Tigers football team shortly after arriving in the UK and claiming asylum almost two years ago.

Having been sent to live in the south Yorkshire town, he saved £3 from his £30-odd a week benefits, bought a football and started kicking it about in a local park. It wasn’t long before he was joined by another Sudanese asylum seeker. Within a few months, the Tigers’ roster had swelled to more than 50 asylum seekers and refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq and Iran, aged between 18 and 40.

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Jaber Abdullah: how I set up a refugee football team in Barnsley | Johnny McDevitt

The Sudanese asylum seeker has created a 50-strong squad to help men stuck in immigration limbo in a town that has faced anti-immigration marches

Jaber Abdullah, a Sudanese asylum seeker, says he will never forget the day when Barnsley Football Club gave him tickets to go and watch the team play at their stadium. “It was the first activity any of us had done since we arrived in the UK because we could not afford to go anywhere,” says Abdullah, 40, who set up the Refugee Tigers football team shortly after arriving in the UK and claiming asylum almost two years ago.

Having been sent to live in the south Yorkshire town, he saved £3 from his £30-odd a week benefits, bought a football and started kicking it about in a local park. It wasn’t long before he was joined by another Sudanese asylum seeker. Within a few months, the Tigers’ roster had swelled to more than 50 asylum seekers and refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq and Iran, aged between 18 and 40.

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Gary Lineker hits back at Daily Mail over tax accusation

Former England striker says he pays his taxes in full, will not be bullied and will continue to speak up for refugees

Gary Lineker has said he will not be “bullied” by the Daily Mail after the tabloid newspaper accused the former England footballer of tax avoidance in a highly critical two-page article.

In a 2,600-word article published on Thursday under the headline: “Holier than thou hypocrite”, the Daily Mail, which is owned by the non-domicile Lord Rothermere, claims Lineker has used a complex scheme to avoid paying as much tax as the “man or woman on the street”.

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The UK’s unfair immigration rules have exiled one of its world champion athletes

Cassie Thomas, an English squash player who became a world champion in her sport, is being kept in Australia by the government’s strange immigration policies

• By James Willstrop for the Guardian Sport Network

Praise the day when we may once again enjoy pure sporting stories about contests, uncontaminated by corruption, bureaucracy and the rise and fall of powerful and power-hungry individuals. No drug scandals, no politicians pulling fast ones. We can but dream. It’s clearly the season for depressing stories of foul play and injustice in sport, so let me offer you another.

The following is perhaps one to add to the list: a head-scratchingly unfair case. Cassie Thomas is a former world No1 squash player from Norfolk in England. She has lived in Australia for the past five years with her Australian husband, Matt, and their two daughters, Erin and Lola, who were both born in Norfolk. The family recently decided to move back to Norfolk. Both of Cassie’s parents, Pat and Mick, have been recovering from cancer recently, and so you can only imagine what this move might have meant for them.

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Jimmy Thoronka: Sierra Leone athlete inundated with offers of help after arrest

Guardian readers offer food, shelter and money to support Commonwealth Games athlete arrested over expired visa after he was found homeless in London Continue reading…

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Jimmy Thoronka: fears mount for welfare of Sierra Leone sprinter

Athlete, in distressed and emaciated state after winter of living rough in London, held by police pending probable deportationConcern is mounting over the welfare of top sprinter Jimmy Thoronka, who is thought to be distressed following his arrest on F…

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Jimmy Thoronka: concerns raised over Sierra Leone athlete’s welfare after arrest

Sprinter who disappeared after Commonwealth Games has been interviewed by immigration officials at a London police station

Concern is mounting over the welfare of Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, Jimmy Thoronka, who is understood to be in a distressed state following his arrest on Friday night after he was found in an emaciated state living rough on the streets of London.

It is understood that Thoronka, who is being held at Walworth police station in Elephant & Castle, has been interviewed by immigration officials who will attempt to remove him to Sierra Leone. He is understood to be frightened and tearful in custody.

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