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World Athletics accused over ‘abusive sex testing’ of athletes from global south

Human Rights Watch says testing regulations are demeaning and target women based on racial stereotypesWorld Athletics, the sport’s global governing body, targets women from countries in the global south for “abusive sex testing” based on arbitrary defi…

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Call to close teenage sex ‘loophole’ for faith leaders and coaches

Report says law fails to prevent supervising adults from having sex with 16- and 17-year-oldsA cross-party group of MPs has called for a change in the law that allows adults in positions of trust, from sports coaches to faith leaders, to legally have s…

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Mayors of Liverpool and Manchester call for ‘Hillsborough law’

Letter to party leaders comes in wake of acquittal of match commander David DuckenfieldThe mayors of Liverpool and Greater Manchester have written to the three main party leaders strongly criticising the legal system following the acquittal of the Hill…

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British football fan detained in UAE lodges human rights complaint

Ali Issa Ahmad brings case to UN alleging he was tortured after wearing Qatar T-shirt to matchA British football fan who says he was detained and tortured while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates because he wore a Qatar shirt has lodged a legal com…

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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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Paddy Jackson’s revived rugby career is a backward step for feminism | Lara Whyte

Jackson was acquitted of rape last year, but he is a misogynist and should be banned from professional sportThe rugby team London Irish announced this week that Paddy Jackson will join their squad ahead of a return to the English premiership next seaso…

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Ched Evans settles out of court over lawyers’ handling of rape case

Welsh footballer to receive reported £800,000 after accusing firm of negligence The Welsh footballer Ched Evans has agreed an out-of-court settlement with lawyers over their handling of a rape case in which he was imprisoned. It is understood to be aro…

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How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. By Susan McKayThe verdicts were unanimous and came swiftly. After a trial that had lasted nine weeks, with …

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy

Former tennis star had argued that he had been appointed an attache by the Central African RepublicThe former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy.The three-time Wimbledon champion had …

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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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