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David Squires on … football and the 2019 general election

It’s election week, which means the worlds of football and politics have collided. With dismal consequencesTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy a copy of this cartoon in the Guardian print shop Continue reading…

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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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Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby

Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incid…

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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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Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘pricing out’ of football fans in Premier League

Labour leader says German model of fan ownership is more democraticJeremy Corbyn has spoken of his admiration for the German model of football fan club ownership as he went into detail about Labour’s plans to give supporters influence over how their te…

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Telling Gareth Bale that Johnson is PM took away banterpocalypse’s sole survivor | Marina Hyde

The Real Madrid forward had been blissfully unaware that Boris Johnson was running the UK – but now the country has blown a prime cloning opportunity to reclaim its lost innocenceWhy did they do it? What honestly possessed the newspaper journalist who …

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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Corbyn: we will give football fans more say in how clubs are run

A Labour government would empower supporters’ trusts, says party leaderFootball supporters could have more influence over the way their clubs are run under plans announced by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.He said that a Labour government would legis…

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Judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott: I stand by my verdict

‘I cannot believe he’s being received by the Queen,’ says French judge The French judge who convicted Geoffrey Boycott of assaulting his girlfriend has criticised the former England cricketer after he was knighted and says she stands by her decision to…

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Geoffrey Boycott was convicted of domestic assault, so why has May knighted him? | Marina Hyde

Glacial opener, failed captain, convicted assaulter – no wonder the former PM has idolised him since childhoodGeoffrey Boycott has always represented Theresa May’s idealised version of herself, and in that sense it is no surprise that the former prime …

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Geoffrey Boycott: ‘I don’t give a toss’ about criticism of knighthood

Ex-England cricketer responds as critics say perpetrator of domestic abuse should not get honourThe former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has said he “does not give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood from a leading domestic violence charity….

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Cricketers Boycott and Strauss knighted in May’s resignation honours

Cricket-loving former PM hands awards to two former England captainsThe former England cricket captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list for their service to sport.The former prime ministe…

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Bury’s demise is grim proof that small-town Britain is being left behind | David Conn

When I was growing up, Gigg Lane glowed with local glamour. Now the club’s plight may be prophetic for a neglected regionThe threatened expulsion of small town Bury from the English Football League – which could happen if the owner, Steve Dale, does no…

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England’s World Cup win is the pinnacle, despite conflict with politics | Max Rushden

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s tweet was frustrating because we want sport to be pure, as it was at Lord’s in a game the Kiwis didn’t deserve to lose“I’m not sure anyone at the moment has a steady heart … Seven weeks of cricket, 48 games, one ball. Here’s Boult, th…

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Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters

Women’s football | Loo roll | Rare names | Kim Darroch | HeadlinesOne likely outcome of England’s performance in the World Cup (What will be the legacy of England’s Success?, 6 July) is that we will no longer be able to watch them live and free on TV a…

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Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots | Letters

UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves …

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Tour de France boss ‘feels sad’ for tourism chief in expenses row

Christian Prudhomme pays tribute to Sir Gary Verity, who has quit Welcome to YorkshireThe Tour de France director has paid tribute to Sir Gary Verity, the tourism boss who brought the race to Yorkshire but who resigned last month in an expenses scandal…

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London railway station to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur

TfL says change is subject to public consultation but football club appears to be telling partners decision is madeThe railway station near Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is to be renamed after the club lobbied the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, and his tr…

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The perfect view of Gordon Banks’ greatest save | Brief letters

Gordon Banks | Lynton Crosby | Sleep disruption | MasturbationWhile popular opinion would have it that the save that Gordon Banks made at the 1970 World Cup was the greatest ever (Pelé leads tributes to ‘a goalkeeper with magic’, 13 February), I unders…

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Revealed: Lynton Crosby’s £5.5m offer to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup

Tory strategist’s pitch detailed how CTF Partners would spread negative stories and press Fifa to ‘restart bidding process’Sir Lynton Crosby offered to work on a campaign to cancel the 2022 Qatar World Cup and get it awarded to another country in retur…