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Gary Speed’s family will always live with tragedy but football is learning

At times it is hard to read Unspoken, the new book written with Gary Speed’s widow. But at least more of those in the game struggling with depression now feel able to come forwardIt is the family stuff, the detail that would usually remain private, tha…

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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 normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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The normalisation of gambling in football | Letter

The World Cup revealed the extent to which the gambling industry has become embedded in professional sport, writes the bishop of St Albans, Alan SmithIt is right for Simon Stevens of NHS England to highlight the worrying connection between gambling and…

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Shirt sponsors should have role in battle against gambling addiction | Greg Wood

The Premier League is huge in Asia but there is often a high price to pay for betting on its matchesThere is a scene in an early episode of The Simpsons that says quite a lot about sports fans in general, and fans who gamble on sport in particular. Kru…

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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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Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first

• Liverpool and Everton understood to be considering initiative• Thirteen clubs across UK have already signed upBrighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launc…

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World’s oldest village cricket green under threat from developers, club says

Mitcham cricket club in south London wants to resolve status of its 115-year-old pavilionA village cricket green believed to be the oldest in the world continuously used to play the game is under threat from developers, players say.Mitcham cricket gree…

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More young footballers dying of heart problems than thought, FA study finds

FA increases number of screenings for youth players after study finds several players died of heart problems not spotted by testsYoung footballers are dying from heart problems at a higher rate than was previously thought, according to doctors who over…

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William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown

Bookmaker posts £820m loss and warns crackdown will have long-term consequences William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops that it expects to become loss-making as a result of the UK government’s clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs)….

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Tom Daley: ‘If I hadn’t met Lance, I don’t know if I’d be diving now’

From being objectified at 14 to coming out five years later, the diver has lived his life in public. Still only 24, he talks about his marriage to Lance Black, fatherhood – and why he’s speaking out about gay rights around he worldYou could say this ab…

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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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Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

ASA to assess if ‘bet now’ offers during matches broke rules on problem gamblingThe UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on probl…

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How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir

Can the government replicate the communal moments created by a diverse English football team to boost the national mood?“Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there,” wrote Browning, but he might have looked at that again after last weekend and decid…

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How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir

Can the government replicate the communal moments created by a diverse English football team to boost the national mood?“Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there,” wrote Browning, but he might have looked at that again after last weekend and decid…

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Police warn about fans’ behaviour in England during World Cup

On day of Sweden match, there were 387 football-related incidents and 70 arrestsPolice chiefs have warned against a repeat of the “significant disorder” that accompanied England’s World Cup victory over Sweden, saying there were 387 incidents across th…

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Why Harry Kane is an inspiration for chubby children everywhere

As an overweight kid, a role model like Kane would have helped me shrug off taunts and kick a ballOne of the lesser joys of England’s glorious run to the World Cup semi-finals has been the resurfacing of pictures of a young Harry Kane – notab…

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Golf is a hard sport to be out in. The LPGA didn’t make it easier for me

The women’s tour’s deafening silence during Pride Month and broader lack of support of the LGBTQ community is why many pro golfers don’t feel comfortable being out. I would knowI am bisexual.It’s not something I advertise … well, until now. It’s partly…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…

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The Amputee World Cup – and other antidotes to the bloated Fifa-fest

Matches are free, friendship is infectious and the fan doesn’t feel like an exploited consumer – welcome to the alternative World Cups, where the true spirit of sport lives onYou may, just conceivably, have heard about a football tournament going on in…