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.
Football has come in for a lot of stick of late. Successive racism scandals, followed by a harrowing documentary reminding us that only one professional footballer has ever come out as gay have, to cut a long story short, dragged the game’s reputation through the mud somewhat.
Happy New Year! Sorry it’s a bit late but I was so busy in January that I never got a chance to blog properly – I know you will all be very happy that I have finally got the chance to write down a few hundred words in an order that might mildly entertain you for a few minutes or so.
What was this? Novak Djokovic had just defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2012 Australian Open, and I suddenly found that I could not watch. As he tore his shirt from his chest, letting out a roar as he headed towards his adoring family and friends in the crowd, I turned away: possibly in envy at his perfect pectorals, but there was something more. The next day, I realised what it was.
Steven Gerrard got things wrong in the Manchester City players’ tunnel last night. He accused Roberto Mancini of attempting to get Liverpool’s Glen Johnson “into trouble” by highlighting the player’s two-footed challenge on Joleon Lescott in the 88th minute of the clubs’ Carling Cup tie.
The ‘legacy’ of the Olympic games can often seem like typical management speak: slippery, elusive, royally inflated yet by now emptied of meaning. Headlines abound with the latest scare statistics about the sackfuls of cash ring-fenced for ceremony budgets and chauffeur-driven limos, or squandered on websites that malfunction with acrobatic aplomb. Amid the endless opinion-mongering and naysaying it is hard for the impartial observer to make sense of it all.
ESPN America’s Michael Kim looks ahead to week 17 of the NFL.
ESPN America’s Michael Kim makes his predictions for week 13 of the NFL.
England might be a declining football power, but we’re world beaters when it comes to lecturing foreigners about their ethics. The campaign to oust the Sepp Blatter is a perfect example. The FIFA president has become an all-purpose punch bag in this country since the failure of England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
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