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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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Police union boycotts Browns flag ceremony after players’ anthem protest

Members of unions representing Cleveland police officers and paramedics have said they won’t hold a US flag during ceremonies at next Sunday’s Cleveland Browns season opener after a group of Browns players knelt during the national anthem.

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, cited his service in the US Navy when he told WKYC-TV he was astounded that Browns management knew of the protests but allowed it to occur. “I am not going to participate or work with management that allows their players to disrespect the flag and the national anthem,” Loomis said.

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Michael Bennett continues anthem protest as white team-mate shows support

  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end sits out anthem over injustice in US
  • Had said white players needed to join in to make impact
  • Justin Britt places hand on Bennett’s shoulder during anthem

For the second week in succession Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has sat out the national anthem, although this time he had company.

Bennett started his protest last week, continuing the movement initiated by Colin Kaepernick to bring attention to racial injustice in America. Bennett later said that the protest would be more effective if a white NFL player joined in. On Friday before the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, his hope was partially fulfilled when his white team-mate Justin Britt stood next to him with his arm on Bennett’s shoulder. Afterward the two hugged.

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FA facing calls for greater transparency after Eni Aluko payment

• Aluko paid £80,000 as part of agreement following bullying complaint
• FA needs to move away from ‘white old men’ culture, says campaign group

The FA is facing calls for greater transparency over the Eni Aluko “hush-money” case and is being urged to do more to move away from a culture of “stale, pale, white old men” in keeping with its promises to promote equality.

Football’s governing body is facing new questions after the Guardian’s revelations that Aluko was paid £80,000 as part of an agreement following a bullying complaint – not upheld by the FA – featuring an account of how one of her younger team-mates in the England women’s setup was upset by a “highly inappropriate” comment from Mark Sampson, the national team manager.

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‘Man babies with torches’: Athletes attack far-right violence in Charlottesville

  • NFL’s Chris and Kyle Long speak out on violence in their hometown
  • LeBron James takes swipe at Donald Trump in Twitter comment

NFL players Chris and Kyle Long, who hail from Charlottesville, Virginia, were among the sports stars who condemned the violence that erupted in the city over the weekend.

White supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee and were met by counter-protestors. On Saturday, a car was driven into a crowd of peaceful counter protestors, killing one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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Michael Vick sorry for telling Colin Kaepernick to cut hair to return to NFL

  • Former Eagles QB was criticized for original comments
  • Kaepernick is a free agent following season protesting racial injustice

Michael Vick has issued an apology after saying Colin Kaepernick should get his hair cut in order to resume his NFL career.

The former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said that Kaepernick should embrace a “clean-cut” style and look more “presentable” if he wants to play in the NFL next year, getting rid of his afro.

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Mayweather accuses McGregor of racism and uses homophobic slur

  • Boxer calls McGregor a ‘faggot’ in event at Wembley Arena
  • McGregor faces racism accusations for comments made this week

Floyd Mayweather attacked Conor McGregor with a homophobic slur and accused the UFC fighter of racism in the final leg of a promotional tour that has descended into an ugly war of words.

The UFC lightweight champion was again forced to defend himself against allegations of racism as Mayweather rounded on him at a heated press call in front of 10,000 fans at Wembley Arena.

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After 30 years, I’m boycotting Aston Villa. Why? John Terry’s past racist language | Steve Bloomfield

In any other workplace Terry would have lost his job after the 2011 abuse of Anton Ferdinand, but not in football. So as long as he is a Villan, I’m not

• Steve Bloomfield is deputy editor of Prospect

I became an Aston Villa fan by chance. My dad, who grew up in north London, is an Arsenal fan, but because we lived in Birmingham he thought I should support a local team.

Villa had just been promoted to the first division, while Birmingham City still languished in the second, so he took me to Villa Park. My first match was a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in September 1988 – we sat on wooden benches at the front of the Trinity Road stand, close enough to the sidelines to hear the yells of the coaching staff and the thuds and grunts of the players. We went several times a year and when I turned 13 I bought a season ticket.

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FA toughens its stance on hooligans by issuing first ever life bans

• Previously unseen footage shows England fans making Nazi gestures
• Concern over Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow

The Football Association has issued its first life bans after being shown previously unseen footage of England supporters making Nazi salutes and slit-throat gestures amid growing fears among security officials that the national team have become a focal point for a new generation of troublemakers.

Other footage showed an England follower holding a finger above his lips to imitate Hitler, in between gesturing that he would stab Germany’s supporters, during March’s game in Dortmund that became an opportunity for many travelling Englishmen to go through their repertoire of songs about the second world war.

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Roma’s Antonio Rüdiger: ‘There is too much racism in Serie A. We must act’

• Defender demands Fifa response after another season of incidents
• ‘Racism is a serious issue in Italy. I cannot and must not ignore it’

The Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger has pleaded with Fifa to act after another season featuring several high-profile incidents of racism in Serie A.

The German was racially abused by Lazio fans during an Italian Cup game in March, while Pescara’s Sulley Muntari was also targeted at Cagliari and the Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia was called a “shitty Moroccan” live on television.

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Russians parade in blackface ahead of Cameroon-Germany match

Other marchers at Carnaval Sochi Fest parade were seen carrying bananas as city prepares to host Confederations Cup, once more raising racism concernsPeople in blackface and carrying bananas marched in an official parade in Sochi less than a month befo…

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Sulley Muntari has ban rescinded after red card for walking off over racial abuse

• Pescara midfielder’s one-match ban overturned by Italian football federation
• Ghanaian was booked and then sent off after reporting crowd chants to referee

The one-match ban Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari received after protesting against racial abuse from Cagliari supporters has been overturned by the Italian football federation (FIGC).

Muntari complained to referee Daniele Minelli about racial abuse during Pescara’s 1-0 defeat Cagliari last weekend,walked off the pitch in protest after being shown a yellow card and was subsequently sent off.

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Pescara’s Sulley Muntari banned for one match after reporting racist abuse

• Cagliari avoid punishment over abuse as ‘only 10’ fans were involved
• Serie A disciplinary committee uphold ban despite appeals from Fifpro

The Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one match after walking off the pitch at Cagliari on Sunday following racist abuse from the home crowd. Muntari was booked for complaining to the referee about the abuse, before walking off the pitch and earning a second yellow card.

Serie A’s disciplinary committee added that no action would be taken against Cagliari over the incident. The committee described the chanting as deplorable but claimed that “an approximate number of only 10” individuals were involved, not enough to warrant a punishment against the club under Serie A rules.

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