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Racism in football emerges again as Chelsea fans are investigated

New year, same old story. UEFA are currently investigating alleged anti-Semitic chants directed at Tottenham fans, made by Chelsea supporters in their Europa League game against Hungarian side MOL Vidi on the 13 December. Five days earlier, similar accusations were levelled against Chelsea fans, this time for racially abusing Manchester City player Raheem Sterling in […]

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Gambling issues raised in sport once again as Sturridge is investigated

Despite never having placed a bet in my life, I have an astonishing knowledge of bookie’s advertising campaigns. This is not some odd pass-time that I am admitting to – my ability to quote dozens of adverts stems only from my slightly obsessive watching of football on the television. From Sky Bet’s ‘Request a Bet,’ […]

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McClean suffers abuse as he refuses to wear the poppy

Once again, this was the case across the football calendar over the recent Remembrance weekend. Yet despite this, over the past seven years that James McClean – now of Stoke City – has been involved in English football, the beginning of November has seen headlines less focussed on the act of remembrance, and more on […]

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Football community mourns the death of much-loved Leicester City owner and 5 others in wake of tragedy

Content Warning: references to a tragic accident and death. 27 October 2018 was a dark day for English football. At approximately half-past eight on Saturday evening, after Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United, the private helicopter of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanprabha crashed outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium. Police and ambulance crews were […]

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Top Five Christmas Sports

The festive season is fast approaching, and this means a glut of overeating, lazing around in your new onesie, and avoiding real world responsibilities. Exercise is generally the last thing on peoples’ minds, but for those looking to keep active this holiday season, here are our top five Christmas sports. Tug of War Crackers Christmas […]

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‘Good things come to those who wait’

In Chicago, the wait has been going on longer than most could have predicted. Since they last won the National League Division Series, the world has changed. It has seen the invention of the credit card, microwave, and mobile phone. It has passed through the Vietnam War, the life of Alan Rickman, and the succesful […]

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FIFA disbands anti-racism task force claiming job is done

In March 2013, FIFA opened a task force against racism and discrimination with the primary goal of “leading FIFA’s action in this key area”, according to a letter former President – and notable humanitarian – Sepp Blatter penned to the Executive Committee. Flash forward to September 2016 and FIFA has disbanded that same task force, […]

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Gareth Barry joins exclusive Premier League 600 club

Gareth Barry recently played his 600th Premier League game, joining an exclusive club of just Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard – I secretly hope that they all get matching tattoos to commemorate it and have their own WhatsApp group where they bitch about those players stuck just shy of the landmark (that’s right, we’re looking […]