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Female footballers list is a massive win | Brief letters

Top 100 players | Low minimum wages for young people | Steve Bell, Peter Schrank and Keira Knightley | Sandwich puzzle | Placenames: Dorset’s River Jordan and Sodom in WalesAlmost a year ago, I wrote to you after your list of the 100 best footballers i…

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Footballer dropped from Italian team for supporting far right

Teammates of Concetta ‘Titty’ Astarìta refused to play after she was dropped from pro-integration Afro-Napoli sideFrom the stands of the Scarfoglio stadium, just outside Naples, fans on Sunday anxiously awaited the teams’ arrival. The game should have …

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It’s not just Mesut Özil. All diaspora footballers face the same conflict | John McManus

The hostility the Arsenal star has faced from Turkey and Germany epitomises the strain on migrant players who don’t fit the patriotic mouldReinhard Grindel is the president of the German Football Association, and clearly doesn’t like Recep Tayyip Erdo?…

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‘I felt anger’: why NBA star Marc Gasol helped crew a migrant rescue boat

While many of his fellow player spent the off-season on the beach, the Grizzlies center decided he could not watch a humanitarian crisis from the sidelinesMarc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left…

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Moscow refugee tournament throws stark light on Russia’s migrant policy

Amid the World Cup euphoria a low-key but no less vital competition was played out in the shadow of the KremlinA few hours before England’s World Cup game against Colombia in Moscow, a very different series of football matches was under way on Red Squa…

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Indian Commonwealth Games ‘imposters’ detained at Brisbane airport

One man charged with people smuggling and falsifying documents after eight claim to be journalistsA group of Indian nationals has been arrested and detained as “imposters” claiming to be journalists covering the Commonwealth Games.The Australian Border…

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Gambia goalkeeper who died in Mediterranean wanted to play in Europe

Fatim Jawara, 19, drowned while trying to reach Lampedusa in Italy on one of two ships hit by a sudden storm

The teenage goalkeeper of the Gambia’s national women’s football team who drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Italy told her family shortly before she died that she wanted to “follow her destiny” and play for a major European club “whatever the risks”.

Fatim Jawara, 19, was on board a boat that sank late last week when hit by a sudden storm during the crossing from Libya to Italy.

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Gambian national goalkeeper drowned crossing Mediterranean

Fatim Jawara, believed to have been just 19, was on board a boat that ran into trouble last month crossing from Libya to Europe

The goalkeeper of the Gambia’s national women’s football team died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a new life in Europe, her former coach has said.

Fatim Jawara, believed to have been just 19, was on board a boat that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean last month while crossing from Libya to Europe.

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Gary Lineker defends Twitter views as the Sun gives him red card

Presenter’s views on immigration have landed him in the Sun’s relegation zone but former striker is not hanging up his boots

It may be hard to recall now that he has the country’s biggest-selling newspaper baying for his head over his views on immigration, but the only thing Gary Lineker used to be criticised for was failing to have an opinion.

Famously never booked in his footballing career and gently mocked for his inoffensiveness during his playing heyday, the journey from being lauded by the Sun as England’s goal-scoring hero to “jug-eared leftie luvvie” has been a long and winding one.

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‘I feel like I’m in prison’: Qatar’s abuse of World Cup workers revealed – video

Migrant workers building Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium in Doha for the 2022 World Cup are suffering systematic abuse from their employers, says Amnesty International. The human rights organisation says that Fifa need to take action to prevent abuses from taking place. The Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy says it has ensured minimum working standards are met for World Cup stadium projects

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Greek footballers sit down in protest at refugees’ deaths – video

A second division match in the Greek League saw players from AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos stage a sit-down protest on Friday over the death toll of refugees trying to reach the Aegean islands. As the match kicks off, all 22 players plus coaches and subs…

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Greek match delayed as players stage sit-down protest over migrant deaths

• All 22 players sit in silence before AEL Larissa versus Acharnaikos
• Club attacks ‘brutal indifference of EU and Turkey’ to refugee crisis

A Greek second-tier league match was delayed on Friday when players staged a sit-down protest against the death toll of migrants trying to reach the Aegean islands.

Related: Dozens dead after migrant boat capsizes in Aegean Sea

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World Cup for rebel republics to be played in Abkhazia

From Darfur United to the Sámi national team, an alternative tournament of stateless, unrecognised or self-declared nations will be held in breakaway Georgian region. EurasiaNet reports

Football teams from rebel republics and separatist regions will gather in Abkhazia next year for an alternative world cup between sides not recognised by the sport’s governing body, Fifa.

Related: Abkhazia, inside the rebel republic – in pictures

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Ana Guevara, Olympian turned senator: ‘We’ve lost a lot of lives on the border’

Ana Guevara was a record-breaking Mexican gold medalist before she swapped the podium for the senate – and took on the challenges of the Mexico/US border

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Ana Guevara, Olympian turned senator: ‘We’ve lost a lot of lives on the border’

Ana Guevara was a record-breaking Mexican gold medalist before she swapped the podium for the senate – and took on the challenges of the Mexico/US border

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Ana Guevara: from international athlete to stateswoman – video

Senator Ana Gabriela Guevara grew up on Mexico’s northern border with the US before committing her early years to athletics in Mexico City. Now she is a politician, and is tackling Mexico’s migration issues with the same drive and determination that wo…

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Sierra Leone’s top sprinter living homeless and hungry in London – video

After last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sierra Leone’s top sprinter Jimmy Thoronka, 20, went missing. The Guardian has found him hungry and homeless in London. While in the UK, Jimmy received the devastating news that his family had been wip…

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Ana Guevara, Olympian turned senator: ‘We’ve lost a lot of lives on the border’

Ana Guevara was a record-breaking Mexican gold medalist before she swapped the podium for the senate – and took on the challenges of the Mexico/US border

Senator Ana Gabriela Guevara grew up on the northern Mexico border with the US, and became a medal-winning international athlete before moving into politics.

Now a senator in the Mexican parliament, Guevara chairs her country’s migration affairs committee and brings to that job the same drive and determination that won her countless gold medals. Few politicians could be as well-placed as Guevara to influence and shape policies on the controversial topic of migration and also play a vital role in inspiring the next generation of young Mexicans to make a life for themselves in the country.

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Related: Women in Parliaments: ‘If we want to change society we need power’

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Qatar World Cup 2022: inside construction workers’ accommodation video

Qatar is introducing reform after widespread criticism of the conditions endured by the migrant labourers who are building World Cup infrastructure. Robert Booth visits the construction site of the Zaha Hadid-designed al-Wakrah stadium, where workers n…

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Qatar World Cup 2022: inside construction workers’ accommodation video

Qatar is introducing reform after widespread criticism of the conditions endured by the migrant labourers who are building World Cup infrastructure. Robert Booth visits the construction site of the Zaha Hadid-designed al-Wakrah stadium, where workers n…