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Money raised after Marcus Rashford mural defaced to go to food charity in Manchester

Footballer, who is campaigning to end child food poverty, says funds will go to FareShareTens of thousands of pounds that were raised after Marcus Rashford’s mural was defaced will be donated to a food poverty charity in Greater Manchester.The artwork …

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Money raised after Marcus Rashford mural defaced to go to food charity in Manchester

Footballer, who is campaigning to end child food poverty, says funds will go to FareShareTens of thousands of pounds that were raised after Marcus Rashford’s mural was defaced will be donated to a food poverty charity in Greater Manchester.The artwork …

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Johnson and Patel must learn that others get burned when politicians play with fire | David Conn

The government did not back England players when fans booed them for taking the knee and now face the consequencesSo, as the prime minister has learned, a week is a long time in football. He and Priti Patel began it grinning in their crisp new England …

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Nine MPs accepted free Euro 2020 tickets from gambling companies

Hospitality for seven Tory and two Labour politicians comes as government reviews gambling lawSeven Tory MPs and two of Keir Starmer’s frontbenchers took free hospitality from betting and gambling companies worth thousands of pounds in order to attend…

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England’s footballers speak for the new generation better than any politician | Owen Jones

The team are typical of Britain’s progressive young people, unafraid to voice their anger with the status quoInstead of a trophy, England’s national team have inherited something far more precious: the mantle of the official opposition.For most of the …

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Social media racists will be banned from football matches, says Johnson

PM announces move after being accused of giving racism ‘the green light’ over stance on taking a kneeFans who racially abuse footballers online will be banned from grounds under new rules sparked by the outcry over trolling of England players, a move b…

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Footballers can say it, but for England’s politicians, ‘sorry’ really is the hardest word | Marina Hyde

The emotional maturity of the Euro 2020 players is in stark contrast to that of the prime minister and governmentThese days English people expect more from our football team than our government. Which is a funny old switcheroo, when you think about it….

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Tech chiefs called in to No 10 over racist posts to England players

Boris Johnson to demand that tech firms do more to tackle online abuseBoris Johnson has summoned tech companies to Downing Street to order them to do more to tackle online abuse, amid mounting criticism of the government after black England players wer…

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This England team have changed the conversation – but can we change ourselves? | David Goldblatt

For a month we have felt what collective action can make possible, what it really feels like to be ‘we’ not ‘me’England, we need to talk about football. I know we’ve been talking about it, almost every minute of every day for the past exhilarating mont…

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England’s Tyrone Mings criticises Priti Patel over racism remarks

Defender says home secretary ‘stoked the fire’ after dismissing team taking the knee as ‘gesture politics’The England footballer Tyrone Mings has criticised the home secretary, Priti Patel, in her condemnation of the racist abuse faced by his teammates…

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Southgate showed us a new England. But the old one hasn’t gone away | David Olusoga

The team gave us an insight into a modern nation. The racial abuse they received shows it won’t be an easy transitionDespite England’s collective sense of heartbreak, we could and should have been able to spend this week celebrating a second place fini…

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‘Pathetic’: Andy Murray slams 1% pay offer made to NHS workers

Two-time Wimbledon champion praises frontline staff, some of whom were invited to watch the tennisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAndy Murray has joined the chorus of condemnation of the government’s “pathetic” proposal for …

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The Germany v England clash isn’t what it used to be – thankfully

Patriotic hubris and old footballing rivalries are harder to sustain in a world becoming more closely connectedIf Jamal Musiala gets to play at Wembley on Tuesday in the Euro 2020 knockout match between England and Germany, he might need to occasionall…

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Respect players taking the knee and do not boo, FA urges

Calls for unity over anti-racism before the start of England’s Euro 2020 campaignThe Football Association has called for unity before the start of England’s Euro 2020 campaign and urged supporters not to boo the team for taking the knee before their ga…

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Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of failure of leadership in anti-racism row

Labour leader says Southgate has shown how to be a leader‘Johnson didn’t have the courage to stand by the England team’Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of a lack of courage over his reluctance to condemn fans who boo England’s players for taking …

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Johnson should back England team for taking the knee, says Brown

Former PM says country should support footballers and ‘stop fighting these culture wars’Gordon Brown has told the government to support the England football team’s decision to take the knee before matches and stop fighting culture wars over “unimportan…

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Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says Ch4 documentary

Ex-Scottish Tory chief says ‘radical rethink’ of industry’s ‘parasitic’ ties with the sport is neededGambling logos can appear more than 700 times in a single football match, according to a documentary in which former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth …

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Gary Lineker’s political tweets could help him avoid £4.9m tax bill

Presenter’s tweets on Brexit and Tories could form part of case that he is not a typical BBC or BT Sport employeeGary Lineker’s political tweets could help the presenter avoid a £4.9m tax bill, as part of a continuing dispute about whether he should be…