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Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite …

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A Texas Democrat’s words of support for the NFL protests have gone viral

Beto O’Rourke, who is running to unseat Ted Cruz, was asked if kneeling NFL players are disrespectful. This is his replyThe question is, how do you feel about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem? And is it disrespectful to this count…

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Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the sportsman was not charged with as…

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Republican lawmaker says NFL player protests are ‘premised on lies’

Peter King criticizes Jets owner for saying he’ll pay fines for kneelingDear black NFL players, don’t let yourselves be silencedA Republican congressman from New York on Saturday said NFL player protests over police brutality and racial injustice were …

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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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Hillsborough relatives ‘disgusted’ by CPS decision over West Midlands police

Prosecutors say evidential threshold not met for charges over original investigation into football disasterRelatives of the 96 people killed at Hillsborough in 1989 have severely criticised a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge any …

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Hillsborough slur about fans burning police horse false, says CPS

Prosecutors find insufficient evidence for criminal case against officer over claims that horse was burned with cigarettesThe Crown Prosecution Service has found that a notorious slur against Liverpool supporters after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, t…

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Hillsborough police officer granted funds to fight potential manslaughter charges

Judge rules that David Duckenfield qualifies for assistance to contest attempts to lift stay on his prosecution granted at 2000 court caseThe former senior policeman who was the match commander at the Hillsborough disaster is to get funding to fight a …

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Not the real deal: EU court rejects claim that bridge is a sport

English Bridge Union loses long-running legal fight as judges rule a sport must involve ‘a not negligible physical element’It has been the subject of many a heated bar room argument, often among those gathered by the dartboard or pool table nursing a p…

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Bra checks? Football fans are used to being treated like criminals | Amanda Jacks

Invasive security measures at Stevenage FC aren’t surprising. Routine restrictions on fans would cause outrage if imposed on others in society

• Amanda Jacks is the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation

The treatment of female Grimsby Town supporters asked to show their bras at Stevenage FC’s turnstiles last weekend to check whether they were underwired or not, appalled male and female football fans across the country. Stevenage FC issued a defensive statement in response, effectively blaming the reputation of the entire away contingent of Grimsby Town fans for how they were searched and treated by their stewards.

Although I’m shocked by “bra gate”, it’s hardly surprising. I’ve been the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation for 10 years now and am all too aware of how poorly football fans can be treated.

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How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

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Rangers tax case: supreme court rules in favour of HMRC

Court rules payments via employee benefit trusts are taxable income, with implications for many other tax avoidance cases

Companies that paid staff via “contrived” employee benefit trusts have been urged to come forward, after HM Revenue & Customs scored a landmark victory in a tax avoidance case against the former incarnation of Rangers football club.

Experts warned there were likely to be “dramatic” consequences for businesses that used the elaborate schemes, after a unanimous verdict handed down by five supreme court judges.

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Fifa ‘has come up short’ in protecting Russia 2018 stadium workers

• Report claims Fifa has failed on promise to properly monitor labour conditions
• Employees forced to work in -25C temperatures without appropriate clothing

Fifa has fallen short of its commitment to protect workers on Russia’s World Cup stadiums who have been forced to do backbreaking labour in freezing conditions without appropriate clothing and not knowing if they will be paid, according to Human Rights Watch.

Related: ‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup

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Fifa ‘has come up short’ in protecting Russia 2018 stadium workers

• Report claims Fifa has failed on promise to properly monitor labour conditions
• Employees forced to work in -25C temperatures without appropriate clothing

Fifa has fallen short of its commitment to protect workers on Russia’s World Cup stadiums who have been forced to do backbreaking labour in freezing conditions without appropriate clothing and not knowing if they will be paid, according to Human Rights Watch.

Related: ‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup

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Former chief constable wins legal challenge over Hillsborough resignation

Judges rule South Yorkshire PCC’s decision requiring David Crompton to resign after inquest findings ‘wholly disproportionate’

A former chief constable has won a high court challenge over a decision requiring him to resign.

Lawyers for David Crompton claimed there was no “fair or reasonable basis” for forcing the officer out of office in South Yorkshire.

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‘Hillsborough law’ could imprison police officers who are not truthful

Bill proposed by Andy Burnham to impose duty of candour was prompted by 27-year fight for fair hearing for victims’ families

A proposed “Hillsborough law” requiring police forces and public authorities to be open and truthful in legal proceedings, including about their own failures, and that would give bereaved families the same resources as the police to make their case at future inquests is to be presented to parliament.

The 10-minute-rule bill will be introduced by Labour MP Andy Burnham on Wednesday. The public authority (accountability) bill would impose on public authorities and employees a duty to act with “transparency, candour and frankness”. Individual officials would face a fine or maximum two-year term in prison for failing to do so, including for feeding misleading information to the media.

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Hillsborough families to crowdfund to pay police chief’s costs

Five ordered to pay £28,000 court fees incurred by former South Yorkshire police boss David Crompton

A crowdfunding appeal is to be set up for five people whose relatives died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton.

Lady Justice Sharp made the costs order after refusing an application by the five family members to be formally involved in Crompton’s appeal against his dismissal by the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Alan Billings, last year.

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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Hillsborough investigators pass 23 cases to CPS for possible charges

The 23 include individuals and organisations and the possible charges range from gross negligence manslaughter to perverting the course of justice

Investigators have passed files on 23 people and organisations suspected of involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide whether charges should be brought.

Fifteen of the 23 suspects have been investigated in relation to the disaster itself, in which 96 people were killed in a lethal crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground. Operation Resolve, the police investigation into the cause of the deaths, said the offences it has sent to the CPS include gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office and offences for breaches of the Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975 and health and safety laws.

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