FA say Suarez guilty in landmark case

FA say Suarez guilty in landmark case

The Liverpool FC striker Luis Suárez was yesterday banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of misconduct by “using insulting words towards” Patrice Evra of Manchester United. The allegations centred around an incident during a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on 15 October, during which Evra…

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Let refugees play football say Italian campaigners

Let refugees play football say Italian campaigners

An Italian grassroots club has voiced its frustration at FIFA rules after being stopped from registering a Ghanaian teenager. Nuova Oregina of Genova wanted to register the 14-year-old refugee who has begun the process of being integrated into Italian life since playing football. Nuova Oregina were denied their request to register the youngster by the…

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French player given red card after claiming racial abuse by match official

French player given red card after claiming racial abuse by match official

French football has been hit by another race controversy after a professional footballer says he was racially abused by a linesman. Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) is investigating claims by Auxerre midfielder Kamel Chafni that linesman Johann Perruax had made a slur against him during his team's 1-0 defeat to Brest on Saturday. Morrocan Chafni,…

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Ukrainian stadiums mark UN Disability Day

Ukrainian stadiums mark UN Disability Day

Ukraine's National Assembly of Disabled People held a nationwide congress in Kyiv – under the slogan “A barrier-free Ukraine” – to coincide with the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. The conference, which focused on ensuring the rights of disabled supporters both before and during UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and…

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Bradford City sign up to charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport

Bradford City sign up to charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport

Bradford City became the third professional club in England to sign up to the Government’s charter which seeks to take action against homophobia and transphobia in sport. The Bantams signed up to the charter prior to their 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday (10) and join Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, who have also…

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An old story of football almost starts a new one between regional rivals

An old story of football almost starts a new one between regional rivals

New Delhi: For nearly 12 years, Pakistan’s veteran goalkeeper and skipper at the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) cup, Jaffar Khan has crouched underneath the bar, brow writ tightly in concentration, tasked with preventing opposition teams from scoring against his country. However, just a few years ago he switched sides, defending the posts instead for…

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Centralised platform for women’s football launched on UEFA.com

Centralised platform for women’s football launched on UEFA.com

UEFA has launched a women’s football online section on UEFA.com, dedicated to women’s football competitions and the development of the game amongst women. The European football governing body says that with over 80 million visitors this year to date, UEFA.com will house exhaustive coverage of all of UEFA’s women’s competitions, and European women’s national leagues,…

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Judan Ali's mission to become English Premier League's first British Asian manager

Judan Ali's mission to become English Premier League's first British Asian manager

A former aspiring footballer from England who suffered from years of racial abuse has set his sights on becoming the first British Asian to manage in the Premier League. Judan Ali is one of a number of individuals from Britain's Asian community, which makes up over five percent of the population, who have been fighting…

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“EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits” Project Coordinator – Poland

“EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits” Project Coordinator – Poland

EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion – Football with No Limits Project Coordinator – Poland CAFE – Centre for Access to Football in Europe (www.cafefootball.eu) – is a UK based European wide charity promoting improved access to football for disabled people and raising disability awareness across the regions. CAFE was established in 2009 following the prestigious award…

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European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

European Seminar “Involving Young Migrants in Winter Sports”

A multipliers’ seminar, the first of its kind in Europe to address the issue of minority involvement in winter sport and the question of the exclusion of traditional immigrant communities, with a focus on the Alpine region and Scandinavia is taking place in Innsbruck on 12 January 2012, one day before the opening of the…

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Edgar Davids: Football not tackling racism

Edgar Davids: Football not tackling racism

Former Dutch football star Edgar Davids has called on authorities to take a stronger stance against racism. Davids, who has been embroiled in a racism row with his country's soccer icon Johan Cruyff, told CNN that the problem is not being addressed despite all the recent publicity surrounding controversial remarks made by FIFA president Sepp…

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NEVER AGAIN features in CNN report on EURO 2012

NEVER AGAIN features in CNN report on EURO 2012

With just seven months to go until Poland and Ukraine host the UEFA European Championships 2012, the two nations are gearing to opening their doors to fans from across Europe. But there is still concern over whether players as well as fans will be able to enjoy watching from the stands with threat of racism…

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Italian players union chief advises gay players not to come out

Italian players union chief advises gay players not to come out

The head of Italy's players union Damiano Tommasi has apparently advised gay footballers against coming out. The former Roma and Italian international said players openly admitting their sexuality could lead to embarrassment and awkwardness and discouraged it. Speaking on an Italian TV show with journalist Klaus Davi, Tommasi said that homosexuality was still a taboo…

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