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EFL clubs could face stadium closures for pitch invasions next season

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Partial and even full stadium closures could be imposed on clubs in the Football League next season as authorities seeks to crack down on pitch invasions and other fan disorder. Nottinghamshire police arrested a 31-ye...

Russell highlights relegation scrap as spark for Top 14 clubs’ success in Europe

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Finn Russell believes the jeopardy of relegation in the Top 14 is a key factor behind the success of the French clubs in the Champions Cup with Racing 92 one of three to reach the last four, which features no Premiers...

Government plans new laws to protect Britons who use savings clubs

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New laws are to be announced this week aimed at protecting the hundreds of thousands of Britons who use savings clubs to put money aside for Christmas or pay for other items in advance. The government said it would al...

Talking Horses: Jockey Club’s Playtech deal defence is very leaky

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A couple of months after causing widespread astonishment and dismay in the sport by selling some of its most precious naming and image rights to the gaming giant Playtech, Nevin Truesdale, the Jockey Club’s chief exec...

Male striptease moves from UK city centres to small clubs – and even homes

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With filming under way in Sheffield and Manchester for the remake of 1990s cult classic The Full Monty, the UK’s male strip scene is undergoing a makeover of its own, and paving the way for changes expected right acro...

Clubs propose Champions League reforms based on coefficient ranking

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Plans that would enable clubs to qualify for the Champions League based on historical performance and not their league position are back on the table, a year after the collapse of the European Super League. Members of...

Asian cricketer was ‘silenced’ for criticising club’s blackface party

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An Asian cricketer claims he was subject to a disciplinary hearing after calling for an apology from a Leicestershire club whose members “blacked-up” for a fancy dress party. It is the latest incident in the crisis ov...

Pursuit of happiness: the problem with supporting one of football’s super clubs

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The hymns were still playing and the sermons were still being read, but the cathedral was in flames. The Parc des Princes, this monument to glory and desire, the place where you go to see your fantasies made flesh, wa...

Derek Jeter steps down as Marlins CEO as club’s decade-long doldrum continues

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Derek Jeter is stepping away from his role as CEO of the Miami Marlins after four seasons with the team. “Today I am announcing that the Miami Marlins and I are officially ending our relationship and I will no longer ...

John ‘Long Socks’ McLaren hangs up his bib after 30 years carrying clubs

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The hosiery did not begin as a fashion statement. John “Long Socks” McLaren, the caddie famed for his flamboyant on-course attire, had a practical reason to stand out from the crowd. “It started in a fire,” McLaren ex...

Talking Horses: Jockey Club’s Playtech deal feels like a new low

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There is a long and inglorious history in racing of individual bodies or businesses opting for short-term gain ahead of the broader interests of the sport. But even so the Jockey Club’s decision to sign a five-year de...

An orgy and then a cup of tea: Crossbreed and the new boom in sex clubs

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Although public physical contact has not been a defining feature of the last couple of years, London’s sex clubs are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a generational shift. Think: fewer key bowls and CEOs in expen...

Which football clubs have won major trophies across three centuries?

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“As a Blackburn fan I put more stock in 19th century trophies than perhaps I should,” writes Simon Elliott. “However, are Rovers unique in winning major trophies in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries? Are there any equ...

Premier League clubs need four Covid cases to get game off under new rules

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Premier League clubs must prove at least four positive coronavirus cases within their squad before attempting to delay a fixture, it has been announced, as laws on Covid postponements were tightened. Twenty-two top-fl...

Dangerous game? Football clubs look to mine fans’ cash with crypto offerings

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When FC Barcelona took to the pitch for the 2021 Spanish Super Cup final, the trophy wasn’t the only prize at stake. Thousands of blaugrana fans were also keeping an eye on the market for FCB’s “fan token”, the club’s...

Digital fans represent football’s future so should clubs start listening?

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In 2020 the European Club Association conducted research into what it called the “Future Fan”. A survey across seven countries asked 14,000 people about their interest in football and how they interacted with the game...

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