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Category: Boris Johnson

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Respect players taking the knee and do not boo, FA urges

Calls for unity over anti-racism before the start of England’s Euro 2020 campaignThe Football Association has called for unity before the start of England’s Euro 2020 campaign and urged supporters not to boo the team for taking the knee before their ga…

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Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of failure of leadership in anti-racism row

Labour leader says Southgate has shown how to be a leader‘Johnson didn’t have the courage to stand by the England team’Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of a lack of courage over his reluctance to condemn fans who boo England’s players for taking …

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Boris Johnson refuses to condemn fans booing England taking the knee

PM sends conflicting message over England’s anti-racism stanceJohnson urges ‘whole country’ to get behind team at Euro 2020Boris Johnson has said he wants the “whole country” to get behind the England team but has refused to condemn those who booed pla…

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Partner in Saudi bid to buy Newcastle United is major Tory donor

Jamie Reuben’s involvement in bid supported by Boris Johnson raises more cronyism questionsAn investor in the planned takeover of Newcastle United that received high-level support from Boris Johnson last year is a major Conservative party donor who has…

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Boris Johnson urged to reveal if he endorsed Super League plans

PM pressed to explain nature of meeting with Manchester United CEO days before ill-fated launchBoris Johnson has been urged to reveal whether he signalled his endorsement of the European Super League (ESL) when he met the chief executive of one of the …

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PM sides with fans in Super League outcry – but will he stay with them? | David Conn

Analysis: Mindful of ‘red wall’ voters, Johnson protested, but the question remains whether he can give the game long-term helpThe spectacle of Boris Johnson, acme of an old Etonian rugby man, weighing in on the side of football fans against the breaka…

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European Super League amounts to a ‘cartel’, says Boris Johnson

Prime minister condemns plans as ‘against principles of competition’ and paves way for fans to have more powerPlans to create a new European Super League amount to a “cartel”, the prime minister said today as the government paved the way for millions o…

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The European Super League: what can Boris Johnson do about it?

Analysis: The PM has set himself against the elite club plans. Here are some ways they could be challengedWhile ministers might be united with fans and opposition parties in pledging to oppose a European Super League (ESL) including six English clubs, …

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Government pledges to stop English clubs joining European Super League

Oliver Dowden announces review into sport governance in response to breakaway plan by six English clubs The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has pledged that the government will do “whatever it takes” to stop English football clubs joining a breakaway…

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‘Get your trainers on’: public urged to resume sport after lockdown

Facilities allowed to reopen from MondayGovernment hopes for increase in exerciseEngland has been urged to “get its trainers on” and comply with medical advice on exercise, with the prime minister joining a series of English sports stars in cajoling th…

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Boris Johnson pledges £2.8m towards British and Irish bid for 2030 World Cup

‘We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030’FA to take different approach after poor campaign for 2018The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged £2.8m towards a potential joint bid from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Repu…

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No spectators at sporting venues in England until 17 May at earliest

Part of government’s ‘road map’ for easing Covid restrictions10,000 fans could watch final round of Premier League gamesSpectators will not be able to return to sporting venues in England until 17 May at the earliest, the government has announced. The …

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Crowds of up to 4,000 and grassroots sport to return once lockdown ends

Prime minister says limited crowds allowed in Tiers 1 and 2News for England to be welcomed by professional sports clubsCrowds of up to 4000 people will be allowed to return to sporting events in England from next week, and grassroots sport will also re…

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‘Dear Boris’: Delia Smith writes to prime minister urging him to let fans back

Norwich joint majority shareholder says it can be ‘perfectly safe’‘Before final whistle is blown, can we have our football back?’ Delia Smith has written an open letter to Boris Johnson, calling on the prime minister to let football fans back into stad…

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Tory-led council in PM’s constituency helps Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign

Footballer ‘truly overwhelmed’ by support he has received after Tory MPs voted down free meals proposalsTech companies and a local authority in Boris Johnson’s constituency are among the latest to throw their weight behind Marcus Rashford’s growing cam…

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Game changers: the new wave of athletic activism shaping Britain

Marcus Rashford is on a mission to end child poverty. And the England forward is not the only sports star with a messageAlan Shearer, during a long career as a football player and, some might argue, in his second act as a pundit, seemed to make a point…

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Boris Johnson backtracks to allow club cricket to resume next weekend

Prime minister had claimed tea break risks spread of Covid-19Guidelines set to be published for resumption next weekBoris Johnson has performed a remarkable reverse sweep to allow club cricket to return next weekend – just hours after suggesting play w…

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England and Wales cricket clubs face ‘lost summer’ amid lockdown

Fans and players express disappointment at government’s decision not to lift ban on matchesPerched on a hilltop just north of Bath, the Broadleys ground, home of Marshfield CC, looks picture-postcard perfect. The playing surface has been cut and rolled…

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Club cricket optimistic despite Boris Johnson saying ball can carry Covid-19

Prime minister says the ball is a ‘natural vector’ for diseaseECB still hoping recreational cricket can resume in July The England and Wales Cricket Board is confident the recreational season can begin next month despite Boris Johnson’s claim that the …

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Boris Johnson opposes ban on Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Rugby union chiefs are reviewing historical context of popular terrace anthemBoris Johnson has said rugby fans should not be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as the sport’s governing body reviews the historical context of the song.The prime…