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Shakhtar Donetsk captain vows never to be silent in face of racism

• Taison was sent off after reacting to abuse from supporters• Midfielder left the pitch in tears against Dynamo KyivThe Shakhtar Donetsk captain, Taison, has vowed never to be silent in the face of an “inhuman and despicable act” after hearing alleged…

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Lionesses boosted by record ticket sales at Wembley

Manager Phil Neville says side needs to use possible sellout to inspire youngstersThe projected record-breaking attendance for a women’s football match in ­Britain should inspire fans to come regularly and encourage girls to believe they can play at in…

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Man jailed for trying to rob Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Sead Kolašinac

Ashley Smith did not expect latter to fight back as he tried to steal luxury watches, court toldAn armed mugger has been jailed for 10 years for attempting to rob two Arsenal footballers of luxury watches worth £200,000.Ashley Smith and his accomplice,…

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Police officer charged with murder of Dalian Atkinson

Second constable facing charge of actual bodily harm after death of former footballerA police officer has been charged with the murder of the former premiership footballer Dalian Atkinson, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.Atkinson, who played for…

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Fleetwood manager Joey Barton to stand trial for alleged assault

Former England international denies assaulting ex-Barnsley manager in stadium tunnelJoey Barton, the manager of Fleetwood Town football club, will go on trial next year accused of assaulting the former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel during an incident…

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Fleetwood manager Joey Barton to stand trial for alleged assault

Former England international denies assaulting ex-Barnsley manager in stadium tunnelJoey Barton, the manager of Fleetwood Town football club, will go on trial next year accused of assaulting the former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel during an incident…

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‘With that spirit we can go places’: Chelsea react to ‘crazy’ match with Ajax – video

Chelsea and Ajax split the points in their Champions League group match on a thrilling night at Stamford Bridge. Trailing 4-1 at one point, Frank Lampard’s side fought back to draw 4-4 against an Ajax side that were reduced to nine men when defenders J…

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Mood among England rugby fans as miserable as the weather

South Africa’s emphatic victory in the Rugby World Cup final leaves supporters flatEngland rugby fans were left as miserable as the weather after their team’s defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Japan, a repeat of their heartache aft…

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Grassroots women’s football is booming – but where are the pitches?

The Women’s World Cup has attracted thousands of new players but space to play is at a premiumColin Lowe, a football coach in Manchester, often receives calls from women in the area keen to join his new grassroots team. But when one woman called last w…

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‘We walked off and beat racism. Now can we just beat Yeovil?’

Haringey’s manager tells of his pride in his team for walking off the pitch … and his hopes for their FA Cup replay Pre-match preparations at Haringey Borough FC are hectic at the best of times for Tom Loizou. Toilets need cleaning, floors wiping, cat…

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‘We walked off and beat racism. Now can we just beat Yeovil?’

Haringey’s manager tells of his pride in his team for walking off the pitch … and his hopes for their FA Cup replay Pre-match preparations at Haringey Borough FC are hectic at the best of times for Tom Loizou. Toilets need cleaning, floors wiping, cat…

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Emiliano Sala: police investigate ‘disgraceful’ image posted online

Mocked-up ‘boarding pass’ for the late footballer distributed on social mediaPolice are investigating after an image of a mocked-up “boarding pass” for the late Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala was distributed on social media.The 28-year-old Argen…

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Duckenfield’s lack of emotion may be due to PTSD, Hillsborough jury told

Jurors urged not to draw adverse inference against suspect for his lack of emotion The jury in the trial of the former South Yorkshire police officer who was in command at Hillsborough when 96 people were killed in a crush has been told not to draw an …

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England’s Kyle Sinckler: from school with no rugby to World Cup semi-final

Prop forward attended state school in London and is now a role model for others on similar pathIn a sport where private school alumni still hold sway, Kyle Sinckler is something of an exception. Raised in Furzedown, near Tooting in south London, he joi…

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Haçienda designer says Man City away shirt is ‘beyond appropriation’

Ben Kelly complains he was not consulted over use of the venue’s black and yellow stripesThe black and yellow stripes on Manchester City’s away shirts were meant to be an uplifting homage to Manchester’s cultural heritage, but the choice of design now …

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Liverpool FC allowed to drop New Balance for Nike, court rules

Judge decides new deal was not matched by New Balance’s current offer and club can discontinue collaborationLiverpool FC does not have to continue its multimillion-pound sponsorship deal with New Balance after a judge recognised it could not match Nike…

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Two men arrested over alleged racist abuse at Haringey FA Cup match

Players walked off in 64th minute of tie at Haringey’s Coles Park ground on SaturdayTwo men have been arrested over alleged racist abuse of players at a football match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town on Saturday.The FA Cup qualifier was abando…

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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Paul Gascoigne cleared of sexually assaulting woman on train

Former footballer acquitted of sexual assault but jury still considering alternative chargeThe former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a train.Gascoigne, 52, was accused of drunkenly grabbing…

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Uefa under pressure to crack down on Bulgaria in response to racism

Kick It Out calls for teams to be excluded from tournamentsBulgarian prime minister asks country’s football chief to quitUefa is coming under increasing pressure to take strong action against the Bulgarian football union after England’s Euro 2020 quali…