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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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My cross to bear: what it means to support England in these divided times | Jonathan Liew

I feel utterly disconnected from England as a nation, but supporting their football team has brought me happinessIt’s the morning after my wedding. I’m sitting down to brunch with some friends of the family. While we’re waiting for the food to arrive, …

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Michael Holding critical of England’s ‘moment of unity’ Test gesture

Former West Indies bowler likens it to ‘all lives matter’Holding praises Gareth Southgate and England footballersEngland’s pre-match “moment of unity” has drawn scorn from Michael Holding, who believes the gesture is akin to saying “all lives matter” a…

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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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Anita Neil: Britain’s first Black female Olympian – who was forced to quit in her prime

She broke world records and competed in two Olympics before being forced into retirement at 23 and forgotten. Now her achievements are finally being recognisedAnita Neil was just a toddler when she discovered two things: who her father was, and that sh…

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Booing England players achieves nothing, argues Jordan Henderson

Vice-captain says he and teammates will still take knee‘People booing shows racism is still a problem’ Jordan Henderson has said fans booing England’s players for taking the knee achieves nothing and proves the fight against racism is far from over.The…

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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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It’s not just football – it’s a barometer of diversity. Bring on the Euros…

The tournament, which kicks off on Friday, will offer a snapshot of national attitudes to race across the continent, says the authorLast week, after more than a year of playing in empty stadiums, the England men’s football team finally walked out into …

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Man arrested after racist gesture to Rio Ferdinand at Wolves

Ferdinand was at Manchester United game as TV punditWolves have apologised to former England defenderWolves have apologised to Rio Ferdinand after a supporter was arrested having made a racist gesture towards the former Manchester United and England de…

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Adam Gemili ‘would take a knee’ in Tokyo and warns IOC over protest ban

British sprinter critical of Olympic podium protest regulations‘If they ban an athlete for protesting, all hell will break loose’Adam Gemili has vowed to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter if he wins an Olympic medal in Tokyo – and warned the…

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Linford Christie: Britain’s fastest ever sprinter on race, patriotism and persistence

From running to the shops in Jamaica to wrapping himself in the Union Jack, the Olympian has had phenomenal highs and bruising lows. He looks back on an extraordinary life in athleticsLinford Christie’s Olympic training unwittingly began many years bef…

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Linford Christie: Britain’s fastest ever sprinter on race, patriotism and persistence

From running to the shops in Jamaica to wrapping himself in the Union Jack, the Olympian has had phenomenal highs and bruising lows. He looks back on an extraordinary life in athleticsLinford Christie’s Olympic training unwittingly began many years bef…

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Linford Christie: Britain’s fastest ever sprinter on race, patriotism and persistence

From running to the shops in Jamaica to wrapping himself in the Union Jack, the Olympian has had phenomenal highs and bruising lows. He looks back on an extraordinary life in athleticsLinford Christie’s Olympic training unwittingly began many years bef…

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Linford Christie: Britain’s fastest ever sprinter on race, patriotism and persistence

From running to the shops in Jamaica to wrapping himself in the Union Jack, the Olympian has had phenomenal highs and bruising lows. He looks back on an extraordinary life in athleticsLinford Christie’s Olympic training unwittingly began many years bef…

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Linford Christie: Britain’s fastest ever sprinter on race, patriotism and persistence

From running to the shops in Jamaica to wrapping himself in the Union Jack, the Olympian has had phenomenal highs and bruising lows. He looks back on an extraordinary life in athleticsLinford Christie’s Olympic training unwittingly began many years bef…

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How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this coun…

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Escape to glory: the intoxicating myth of boxing as ‘a way out’

My Irish father felt a kind of kinship with the black British boxers of the 1980s and 90s. Boxing, like the world of work my father was in, was overseen by self-serving men getting rich off the work of first- and second-generation immigrantsWhen I thin…

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Escape to glory: the intoxicating myth of boxing as ‘a way out’

My Irish father felt a kind of kinship with the black British boxers of the 1980s and 90s. Boxing, like the world of work my father was in, was overseen by self-serving men getting rich off the work of first- and second-generation immigrantsWhen I thin…

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Escape to glory: the intoxicating myth of boxing as ‘a way out’

My Irish father felt a kind of kinship with the black British boxers of the 1980s and 90s. Boxing, like the world of work my father was in, was overseen by self-serving men getting rich off the work of first- and second-generation immigrantsWhen I thin…