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Johnson should back England team for taking the knee, says Brown

Former PM says country should support footballers and ‘stop fighting these culture wars’Gordon Brown has told the government to support the England football team’s decision to take the knee before matches and stop fighting culture wars over “unimportan…

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Sadiq Khan pledges to explore new London Olympics bid if re-elected

Mayor says city could look at bidding for 2036 or 2040 Games as post-Covid morale boost for nationSadiq Khan has pledged to look at bringing the Olympics back to London within 20 years if he is re-elected as mayor on Thursday.Speaking at an amateur box…

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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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Marcus Rashford: public rallies behind campaign to end child food poverty

Covid-hit firms tweet offers of food donations after MPs reject free school meals planCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMarcus Rashford may have seen his attempt to get the government to provide meals for the poorest children …

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Marcus Rashford in ‘despair’ as MPs reject free school meal plan

Footballer and campaigner expresses disappointment as plea for free meals to be extended is voted downMarcus Rashford, the England and Manchester United striker, vented his “despair” on Wednesday night as Labour’s plea for free school meals to be exten…

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Labour asks government to deliver manifesto pledge of ‘fan-led review’

Shadow sports minister writes to Nigel HuddlestonReview would assess controversial owners’ and directors’ testThe Labour Party has called on the government to “deliver on its manifesto pledge to football fans” by implementing a review into the reform o…

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Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘pricing out’ of football fans in Premier League

Labour leader says German model of fan ownership is more democraticJeremy Corbyn has spoken of his admiration for the German model of football fan club ownership as he went into detail about Labour’s plans to give supporters influence over how their te…

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Corbyn: we will give football fans more say in how clubs are run

A Labour government would empower supporters’ trusts, says party leaderFootball supporters could have more influence over the way their clubs are run under plans announced by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.He said that a Labour government would legis…

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Minister accused of ‘betraying promise’ to reduce FOBT stakes

Tory MPs and Labour press government on delay to fixed-odds betting terminals capThe government is facing significant pressure from Conservative MPs over its decision to delay implementing a planned reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting …

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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Labour pledges ban on TV gambling adverts during live sports

Tom Watson announces a number of policies designed to tackle addiction ‘epidemic’ Gambling companies will be banned from advertising on television during live sports if Labour wins the next general election, as part of a crackdown designed to tackle an…

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Labour to offer its backing for safe standing at English football stadiums

• Rosena Allin-Khan to spell out new stance at QPR’s Loftus Road• EFL survey has concluded 94% of fans would welcome changeThe Labour party has decided to give its official backing to the introduction of safe standing at Premier League and Championship…

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‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’: how the Labour chant all started – video

Singing to show support is more common at football matches than at political rallies but that hasn’t stopped Jeremy Corbyn’s fans from chanting his name both during the general election campaign and following the results last week. Labour supporters have adapted Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes, often sung at sports fixtures, to show support for the party leader. Corbyn recently told Copa90 that he was moved by the chant, which was first aired in May at a concert in Tranmere

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‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’: how the Labour chant all started – video

Singing to show support is more common at football matches than at political rallies but that hasn’t stopped Jeremy Corbyn’s fans from chanting his name both during the general election campaign and following the results last week. Labour supporters have adapted Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes, often sung at sports fixtures, to show support for the party leader. Corbyn recently told Copa90 that he was moved by the chant, which was first aired in May at a concert in Tranmere

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Jeremy Corbyn on Wenger, grassroots football and Labour’s Istanbul moment

Copa90 met the Labour leader to discuss Arsène Wenger’s future, Arsenal’s hopes of winning the title and how this election could be reminiscent of 2005

By Copa90 for the Guardian Sport Network

When we read that Jeremy Corbyn had made a commitment to investing in grassroots football, we reached out to his team to see if the Labour leader would like to talk football to Copa90 about sport. He accepted our offer and, on the morning of the FA Cup final, he joined us at Hackney Marshes to chat football, Arsène Wenger and politics.

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Arsène Wenger v Jeremy Corbyn: what do they have in common?

The ‘Wenger Out’ meme has made another appearance – this time on the Labour leader’s election tour. But Corbyn’s defence of the football manager should come as no surprise …

By now, you may have become aware of the football manager Wenger Out. Or Arsène Wenger (Out), to give him his full name. The longtime occupant of the Emirates Stadium technical area is under increasing pressure for his record of always finishing pretty well in the Premier League and never spending all his cash on some £350m 19-year-old Johnny Kickball from Sparta Prague.

The “Wenger Out” meme has been brewing all season, but seems to have caught fire in recent months. At WWE Raw at the O2 in London, fans chanted the slogan in front of presumably mystified American wrestlers. At a New Zealand v Fiji football friendly with virtually no one in attendance, a Wenger Out banner was draped over the empty stands.

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Millwall score an early goal as they seek the ultimate home win

Lewisham council’s compulsory purchase order for land around The Den has been called in, stalling plans of a mysterious offshore-owned property developer

Another day another small victory for football against the enemy – albeit one with some fairly startling revelations along the way. On a Tuesday night of high drama in the civic chambers, Millwall Football Club won a significant stage victory last week in their attempts to resist Lewisham council’s compulsory purchase of land around The Den, a move the club believe will jeopardise their future existence.

After two and a half hours of meandering interrogation in a muggy suite at Catford town hall the council’s scrutiny committee voted overwhelmingly to call back in the CPO on Millwall’s land for further consideration. The chair, councillor Alan Hall, delivered a devastating verdict, citing “insufficient grounds for a compelling case in the public interest”. The committee also raised concerns over the ownership and finances of Renewal, the increasingly mysterious offshore-owned property developer Lewisham insists is the only party capable of delivering the scheme.

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Andy Burnham to call for ‘Hillsborough law’ for bereaved families

Shadow home secretary tables amendment to policing and crime bill to give families same resources as police at inquests

Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, is to call on the government to adopt a so-called “Hillsborough law”, that would give bereaved families the same resources as the police to make their case at future inquests.

The families of the 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster had to raise the money to pay for their own lawyers at the earlier inquests in 1991, while South Yorkshire police had a top legal team.

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Union leader accuses Jack Straw of failing Hillsborough victims

Len McCluskey, who was at 1989 match, says former home secretary should hang head in shame over discredited review

Len McCluskey, the union leader who witnessed first-hand the Hillsborough tragedy 27 years ago, has accused Jack Straw of letting down the victims by failing to order a proper inquiry in 1997.

The general secretary of Unite said the former home secretary should “hang his head in shame” for overseeing a discredited review when Tony Blair came to power.

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Chuka Umunna says BBC should drop Tyson Fury Spoty nomination

Former shadow cabinet minister says world heavyweight champion is sexist and homophobic and shouldn’t be a role model

Labour’s Chuka Umunna has called for the BBC to drop the nomination of boxer Tyson Fury for Sports Personality of the Year, saying he believed there would not be similar tolerance of a candidate if they were racist, rather than sexist or homophobic.

The WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion has faced called to be stripped of contention for the award, which is decided by public vote, following remarks which compared homosexuality to paedophilia, as well as saying a women’s place was in the kitchen or “on her back”.

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