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MOTD: Football’s back and ready to kick some balls, Football

MOTD: Football’s back and ready to kick some balls

Saturday will be an exciting day. This weekend our country will erupt into a frenzy of colour and song; sometimes profound, often crass. Football will once again reign supreme.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Friday, 17 August 2012 at 1:50 pm

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand, Battle of Ideas

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand

The least troubling aspect of the John Terry case for me is the revelation that footballers shout offensive and unpleasant obscenities at rivals in the heat of a football game. Even those of us who cannot lip read surely did not think they were saying ‘please pass me the ball’

By | Battle of Ideas, Football, Sport | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Brett Lee, Justin for 9, M&S and Clarke Carlisle: Why are they trending?, Notebook

Brett Lee, Justin for 9, M&S and Clarke Carlisle: Why are they trending?

A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.

By | Notebook | Friday, 13 July 2012 at 11:31 am

House of Lords, Ernest Borgnine, Penelope Scotland Disick and John Terry: Why are they trending?, Notebook

House of Lords, Ernest Borgnine, Penelope Scotland Disick and John Terry: Why are they trending?

A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.

By | Notebook | Monday, 9 July 2012 at 11:03 am

Football security goes undercover to beat racism, Notebook

Football security goes undercover to beat racism

Security during ‘high risk’ football matches is increasingly going undercover in a bid to help football clubs to identify and stamp out the offensive or illegal actions of the minority.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Friday, 10 February 2012 at 2:50 pm

Capello plays The Departed: From drama to high farce, Notebook

Capello plays The Departed: From drama to high farce

Fabio Capello’s managerial career best makes sense to me when I think about that Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller, The Departed. The Departed is one of my favourite films, and Capello’s career is one of the most impressive that any gaffer could want. But, in my view, they both share the same flaw: they are mostly magnificent until their closing stages. (I apologise here for spoiling the plot for anyone who has not yet seen The Departed: if you haven’t seen it, and you wish to, please skip the next paragraph.)

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Monday, 6 February 2012 at 1:23 pm

John Terry: How Sarah Palin got it right, Notebook

John Terry: How Sarah Palin got it right

It’s been a notable week for the loss of titles: first Fred Goodwin, formerly a knight of the realm, and now John Terry, formerly captain of England. The news has only just broken, but it seems as though the attention around his July 9 trial – for the alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand – proved too much of a distraction for the FA leading into this summer’s European Championships.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Friday, 3 February 2012 at 2:23 pm

Adverts in which you won’t see a footballer, Sport

Adverts in which you won’t see a footballer

The football elite will advertise just about anything, from Armani underwear to erectile disfunction awareness, but a line has to be drawn somewhere… surely? Here are a few advertising campaigns we (probably) won’t be seeing…

By | Sport | Tuesday, 3 January 2012 at 2:58 pm

Chelsea, Liverpool, Twitter and Tahrir Square, Sport

Chelsea, Liverpool, Twitter and Tahrir Square

Yesterday, in Tahrir Square, the Egyptian army was doing its worst and I found that I could not draw my eyes away from the emerging horror.

By | Sport | Monday, 21 November 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hurricane Blatter meets English tumbleweed, Opinion

Hurricane Blatter meets English tumbleweed

Two of the Premier League’s biggest stars are alleged to have made racist comments. With these cases pending, it’s easy to see why the Premier League released such a colourless statement.

By | Opinion, Sport | Friday, 18 November 2011 at 12:31 pm

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