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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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The Serena cartoon debate: calling out racism is not ‘censorship’ | Gary Younge

The depiction of the tennis star in an Australian newspaper recycled centuries-old racial stereotypes. Publishing it showed an extraordinary lack of judgmentIf there is one thing more damning than the racist cartoon of Serena Williams published in Melb…

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Colin Kaepernick’s protest might be unpatriotic. And that’s just fine | Mychal Denzel Smith

His protest does not need to be recast as patriotic, as patriotism is not a higher virtue than justiceTwo years ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the playing of the national anthem. When asked why, he told the press:…

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England v Switzerland to be screened in black and white

Opening of match will be monochrome to mark anti-racism campaign’s anniversaryAn England match will be broadcast in black and white for the first time in half a century when Gareth Southgate’s men take on Switzerland on Tuesday evening.Viewers tuning i…

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Nike releases full ad featuring Colin Kaepernick – video

Nike has unveiled its first ‘Just Do It’ ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick. The two-minute commercial highlights superstar athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams and others, and touches on the controversy of NFL players protesting against racial inequali…

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Nike releases full ad featuring Colin Kaepernick – video

Nike has unveiled its first ‘Just Do It’ ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick. The two-minute commercial highlights superstar athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams and others, and touches on the controversy of NFL players protesting against racial inequali…

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Is Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal activism – or just capitalism? | Ben Carrington and Jules Boykoff

The first NFL player to take a knee may need to go further and take a stand against the injustices of capitalism itselfGil Scott-Heron famously noted that the revolution would not be right back after a message, would not go better with Coke, and certai…

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Something is broken when the USA women are dominated by white girls next door

Race was something most people on teams I played with didn’t want to talk about. But silence changes nothing – we need bold action We called ourselves the Ponytail Posse because that’s what the US women’s national team was about. The white girls next d…

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Colin Kaepernick seals Nike campaign … and backing from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Quarterback was one of first players to kneel during anthemTrump has slammed protests and no team has signed QBFormer Iran president says Kaepernick ‘is one of the best quarterbacks’Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who spark…

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Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’

County secretary in Pennsylvania apologizes for post on Facebook, where she said ‘ignorant blacks’ should ‘go to Africa’A central Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons” has r…

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Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players ‘baboons’

County secretary in Pennsylvania apologizes for post on Facebook, where she said ‘ignorant blacks’ should ‘go to Africa’A central Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons” has r…

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Jimmy McIlroy: a footballer who graced his team and his town | Letters

John Lingard on Jimmy McIlroy, Steve Rigby on the first black football manager, and Patrick Vallance on Manchester UnitedBrian Glanville’s obituary of Jimmy McIlroy (21 August) was factually comprehensive but fails to capture his class, skill and footb…

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Kick It Out at 25: progress made but lots still to do in anti-racism fight | David Conn

The campaign is 25 years old this season and chairman Lord Ouseley feels the job in hand is to promote more optimistic aims for coaches, fans and administratorsFootball people of a certain vintage will have felt a wince of disbelief that the game’s ant…

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Tony Bullimore obituary

Yachtsman who found fame after his spectacular rescue from the Southern Ocean during the 1996-97 Vendée Globe raceTony Bullimore, who has died of cancer aged 79, achieved worldwide fame after he survived for four days in an air pocket under the overtur…

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‘I can’t deny my heritage’: German Turks share pain of Özil’s split loyalties

The racism row around the football star’s exit from the national team is causing loyalties to be questioned on the capital’s pitchesAs Hakan G?m?s, 17, walked off the pitch with slumped shoulders on a sweltering summer evening in Berlin, he was console…

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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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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Football has a diversity problem – here’s my blueprint for change

Raj Athwal, who worked for over 20 years in commercial roles at clubs including Watford and Rangers, says in this extract from his book the game must do more for the BAME communityI am constantly questioned about the dearth of Asians in British footbal…

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FC St Pauli: how it became the football team of punk and techno

Musicians are queuing up to show support to the Hamburg football club thanks to its politically engaged fans and entrenched activist ethosHamburg’s FC St Pauli occupies a distinctive position in world football. A bastion of leftwing activism and DIY ar…

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Alan Sugar under fire over ‘racist’ Senegal World Cup team tweet

Peer apologises after comparing players to people selling bags and sunglasses on beaches in tweet BBC calls ‘seriously misjudged’Alan Sugar has been criticised for posting a tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad that compared the players to people se…