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Gambling links highlight Football Association’s hypocrisy

In a sport which has never sought to hide its links to the gambling industry, the events of this week may just be the straw that broke the FA’s back. It was revealed a number of days ago that the English Football Association had a deal in place with seven betting companies, allowing their websites […]

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Guardiola told to stop wearing ribbon

Manchester City manager and Catalonia native, Pep Guardiola has recently accepted a charge from the FA for wearing a ‘political symbol’ in the form of a yellow ribbon to support jailed leaders of the ‘illegal’ referendum over Catalonian independence. Guardiola, a former player and manager of the Catalonian football giant, Barcelona, has accepted that he […]

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Big Sam’s actions speak of wider problems in football

England have hit rock bottom. Just when you thought things could not get any worse. Following another abject tournament failure, Sam Allardyce, the man charged with reviving an ailing England side, has been sent packing after only 67 days. A willingness to circumvent his own employers’ rules about third-party ownership of players is always going […]

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Latest Football League rebrand betrays football’s roots

The announcement of the re-branding of the Football League from next season was not met with the level of startled responses one would hope for. Rather, what followed were responses resigned to what many deem to be both an inevitable and irreversible trend in football towards something branding and marketing driven. If anything, our lack […]

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Refereeing must adapt to tech to keep football relevant

One of the most confounding questions this funny old world has ever given birth to is why those reluctant to equip referees with assistive technology forgive poor decisions with the old adage that referees are “only human.” Most referees are unmistakably human yet it seems bizarre to use such a feeble excuse in an attempt […]

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Giant-killing FA Cup stories not a thing of the past

The FA Cup is at it again. Every single season there are new stories, new heroes made and new sides who jump from relative non-league obscurity into the full view of the wider footballing world. Perhaps this serves to illustrate why it arguably remains the best cup competition in world football. The romance with the […]

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DEBATE: Sport Is it time for English football to embrace the Rooney Rule?

Connor Matchett: Yes, its success in American Football is irrefutable proof that it is effective  The NFL’s Rooney Rule was put in place as a measure to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority coaches in American Football. In the most simple of senses, it has succeeded, with the percentage of black and ethnic […]

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FIFA investigation highlights organisation’s flaws

Dictators fear laughter over guns. Unlike dissent, which can be eradicated by suppression, laughter saps the power of tyrants by removing their legitimacy and deeming them no longer figures of authority. As President of FIFA Sepp Blatter has become ridiculous, however nobody should be laughing at FIFA’s plight. Because he seems to be impossible to […]