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Uefa reaction to Russian racism is woefully weak and needs addressing | Martha Kelner

Alleged abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster by Spartak Moscow captain has led to some campaigners calling for more education for Russian playersIt was only last week inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin,…

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NFL player Malcolm Jenkins won’t protest anymore. That’s for the best | Ameer Hasan Loggins

The black player never fully understood the gesture of the raised fist. His decision to end his protest is no great loss to the movement Malcolm Jenkins, the Philadelphia Eagles safety and face of the Players Coalition, said this week that he would end…

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Gay fans warned holding hands at Russia World Cup will be dangerous

• Equality campaigner Fare will produce cautionary guide for LGBT fans• Piara Powar: ‘Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite underground’LGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Ru…

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Gay fans warned holding hands at Russia World Cup will be dangerous

• Equality campaigner Fare will produce cautionary guide for LGBT fans• Piara Powar: ‘Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite underground’LGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Ru…

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Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie reveals racist abuse after World Cup loss

• Christie says he received abuse on Twitter after defeat to Denmark• FAI refers posts to Irish police as PFA Ireland condemn abuseThe Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has revealed that he has received racist abuse on Twitter following his c…

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Colin Kaepernick was named citizen of the year. How ironic | Ameer Hasan Loggins

For black Americans, citizenship has always been incomplete and fraught. Kaepernick knows this better than anyone elseIt’s been a couple of days, and the news of GQ magazine naming Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year has brought forth both love fr…

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Astros’ Gurriel gets five-game ban – next season – for World Series racist gesture

Houston player made ‘slant-eye’ gesture after homering off LA pitcherMLB commissioner: not fair to punish team-mates with immediate banYuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros has been suspended for making a racist gesture at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu D…

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Colin Kaepernick’s dignified protest echoes the spirit of Jackie Robinson | Richard Williams

The quiet but effective way Kaepernick has created the take a knee movement would resonate with the baseball legend whose brilliance helped combat the terrible racism he encountered in the 1940s and 50sWhen Time magazine conducted a poll in 1947 with t…

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The Ali summit: can a legendary meeting serve as a model for protesting athletes?

In 1967, athletes put their weight behind Muhammad Ali after he refused to be drafted. Fifty years later, NFL players are again taking a political standIn 1962, as a cornerback for the American Football League’s Boston Patriots, Walter Beach rallied hi…

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Dan Ashworth position at FA ‘untenable’, says Dame Heather Rabbatts

• Former FA director says technical director Ashworth should go• Ashworth is set to lead the search for Mark Sampson’s successorDan Ashworth’s position as technical director of the Football Association is “untenable”, according to former FA board membe…

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How can we trust Greg Clarke and the Football Association on anything?

The treatment of Eni Aluko and the child abuse victims has been marked by repeated boardroom buffoonery. When Clive Sheldon QC completes his investigation into the abuse scandal, will the FA hold bits back to protect its reputation?In ordinary circumst…

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The NFL protests are being diluted. Here’s how players can change that | Chiraag Bains

More players need to say unequivocally and consistently that these protests are about policing, criminal justice, and the value of black livesNFL players who have been protesting racism and police violence are under attack. Earlier this month, vice-pre…

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Kick It Out says response by FA’s Clarke to PFA’s Sampson letter was ‘disgraceful’

• Herman Ouseley ‘shocked’ the response was in form of 14-word email• Complaint should have brought closure within days, says Kick It Out chairmanHerman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, has described himself as “shocked” by the revelations about h…

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Trump v the NFL: the latest battle in a long war over sports, race and politics

Before the nation was introduced to Colin Kaepernick, a line of athletes embodied the struggle to overcome racial discrimination in American sports“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people …

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NFL boss Roger Goodell says all players should stand for the national anthem

In a letter to the league’s 32 teams concerning players’ protests against police brutality, Goodell urged them to ‘move past this controversy’ and ‘honor our flag’

All NFL players should stand during the national anthem, the football league’s boss, Roger Goodell, said on Tuesday, as the controversy over protests against police brutality by players and their dispute with Donald Trump rumbled on.

In a letter to the NFL’s 32 teams, Goodell said a plan was under way to “move past” the debacle.

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Kick It Out received more football abuse reports in 2016-17 than ever before

• Total of 469 reports is 16.7% higher than figure for previous year
• Racist, sexist and other forms of abuse at all levels of football included

Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination campaign,received more reports of racism, sexism and other forms of abuse in 2016-17 than any previous season in which numbers have been collected. Issuing the details for incidents reported at all levels of the game last season, Kick It Out said it received 469 reports, an increase of 16.7% on the 402 reported in 2015-16.

Complaints of discriminatory behaviour were made by people attending Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League matches, as well as reported incidents at non-league and grassroots football, although the campaign believes most grassroots abuse goes unreported. The total, a record since the organisation began to act as a reporting vehicle in 2012-13, also included some complaints about discriminatory posts on social media.

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After Trump’s distractions, NFL players must drag the conversation back to race

Colin Kaepernick wanted to get us talking about racial inequity but by wrapping itself in the flag, the NFL has helped make the anthem protests about patriotism

The point of Colin Kaepernick’s protest was to get the nation talking about race – something the US has rarely done with much civility. The uncomfortable conversation, he said last year, would be a start toward positive change.

For a few days, this past week, it seemed he had succeeded. When Donald Trump unleashed his fury on NFL players who followed Kaepernick’s lead in taking a knee during the national anthem to highlight racial inequality, the ensuing reaction launched such talk. If half your favorite football team is on their knees, linking arms with the team owner, the chances are you will at least ask the question: Why are they doing this?

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Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

The quarterback wanted kneeling in protest for the anthem to start a national talk about race and justice. Thanks to the president’s blast of rage, we have one

All Colin Kaepernick ever asked was for his country to have a conversation about race.

This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are awkward and often end in a flurry of spittle, pointed fingers and bruised feelings. But from the moment the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback first spoke about his decision to kneel or sit during the national anthem, he said was willing to give up his career to make the nation talk.

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Manchester United liaise with police to identify fans over Romelu Lukaku chant

• Away supporters repeat offensive chant despite player’s request to stop
• United and Kick It Out issue strongly-worded statements over chant

Manchester United are liaising with Hampshire police and Southampton in an attempt to identify supporters who ignored an appeal not to sing an offensive chant about Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary’s.

Swathes of the away support in the stadium sang the song in the aftermath of Lukaku’s goal, and followed it up with: “We’re Man United, we’ll sing what we want.” That was despite Kick It Out, United and Lukaku having urged fans not to indulge in the chant. José Mourinho suggested he had not heard the chant, and described the substantial away support as “amazing”.

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England women’s coach Mark Sampson in eye of the storm before Russia game

England’s women play Russia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday but the home coach will probably command more attention than his players

As Mark Sampson took his seat in a quiet corner of a hotel restaurant someone gestured to the small group of journalists gathered at the table and offered him a cycling helmet. “Not yet,” joked the coach of England Women. “Save it for when I really need it.”

Just over two years have passed since that balmy June afternoon in the eastern Canadian city of Moncton, where Sampson and his Lionesses were preparing to begin a watershed World Cup campaign. It concluded with an expectation-exceeding bronze medal, which came gift-wrapped in a series of eulogies to an engaging young Welshman possessing coaching ability, tactical acumen, managerial skills and – for the coach of a senior England side –refreshing candour.

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