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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…

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Friends of UK football fan detained in UAE call for his release

UAE official denies Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested for wearing Qatar shirtFriends of the British football fan who has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates have called on the UAE government to allow him to return home safely to the UK.The…

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Birmingham gets ready for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Locals in host city have concerns any benefits will be short term, while others are optimistic the event will unite everyoneIn the summer of 2022, thousands of athletes, officials and fans from more than 70 nations and territories will descend on Birmi…

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Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

• Cardiff manager attacks government’s handling of Brexit talks• ‘I can’t wait to get out. We’re better off out of the bloody thing’Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisti…

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BBC unable to stop Brexit war among its sports broadcasters

Lineker versus Agnew spat intensifies debate about how impartiality rules are appliedBrexit has already split a nation, enraged millions on both sides of the debate and left a country teetering on the brink. Now it has come for the nation’s sports star…

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Hand of clod? Brexit and Theresa May divide England’s 1986 World Cup squad

Peter Shilton and Peter Reid at odds over Jacob Rees-Mogg Gary Lineker tells Chris Waddle to ‘stick to football’ after tweetBrexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to E…

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Royal Windsor Horse Show condemned for Bahraini sponsorship

Event being used by kingdom to distract from human rights abuses, complaint allegesThe UK’s largest outdoor horse show, which is patronised by the Queen, faces accusations that it is being used by the Bahraini royal family to distract from human rights…