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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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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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Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says Ch4 documentary

Ex-Scottish Tory chief says ‘radical rethink’ of industry’s ‘parasitic’ ties with the sport is neededGambling logos can appear more than 700 times in a single football match, according to a documentary in which former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth …

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Gary Lineker’s political tweets could help him avoid £4.9m tax bill

Presenter’s tweets on Brexit and Tories could form part of case that he is not a typical BBC or BT Sport employeeGary Lineker’s political tweets could help the presenter avoid a £4.9m tax bill, as part of a continuing dispute about whether he should be…

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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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Fans’ ‘frustration’ must be understood, says minister after Manchester United protest

James Cleverly condemns violence at Old Trafford on Sunday but says supporters must be at heart of gameThe “frustration” felt by fans towards some football clubs had to be understood, a government minister has said in the wake of Sunday’s pitch invasio…

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Fans’ ‘frustration’ must be understood, says minister after Manchester United protest

James Cleverly condemns violence at Old Trafford on Sunday but says supporters must be at heart of gameThe “frustration” felt by fans towards some football clubs had to be understood, a government minister has said in the wake of Sunday’s pitch invasio…

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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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Sadiq Khan: ‘I felt betrayed – we need to make sure there is proper change in football’

London mayor, seeking re-election, says anger at the European Super League must be translated into meaningful action“The irony is, the only time Boris Johnson has got involved in unregulated markets is football – a sport he doesn’t understand.” Two wee…

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UK minister promises to look at football governance after Super League fiasco

‘We will not have our national game taken away from us for profit,’ says Oliver DowdenEuropean Super League plans in tatters as clubs withdraw – live updatesThe withdrawal of six English Premier League clubs from the European Super League highlights th…

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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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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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Minister asks Gambling Commission to explain Football Index action

John Whittingdale holds talks with betting regulator over self-styled ‘stock market of football’Directors of Football Index, the self-styled “stock market of football” that suspended trading last week, hope to relaunch the company after an administrati…

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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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UK TV streaming subscribers can no longer access live sport when in EU

Sky, Amazon, Netflix and BT Sport lose right to let UK viewers automatically watch all content after Brexit transitionUK customers of TV streaming services can no longer watch live sport, including Premier League football, when visiting the rest of Eur…

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Marcus Rashford to fight for permanent rise in universal credit

EXCLUSIVE: Footballer and food poverty campaigner to discuss keeping £20-a-week uplift with work and pensions secretary The footballer and food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford is to turn his focus to the social security safety net and will hold talk…