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Thanks for your leadership, Jake Daniels: a gay man and professional footballer

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Well played, Jake Daniels. Applause, please. And thank you for your leadership. Football, sport, male environments and, indeed, the wider world have all become slightly more sane places with the news that Daniels has ...

Spanish footballer Santi Mina sentenced to four years in prison for sexual abuse

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The Spanish footballer Santi Mina was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday after being found guilty of sexual abuse. The 26-year-old Celta Vigo forward has appealed against the sentence. Mina was cleared of ...

Gazza: story of a footballer mercilessly used and abused by tabloid press

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It’s no great spoiler to reveal that, apart from Gazza’s opening and closing scenes filmed near a Hampshire fishing lake, it is comprised of archive footage. The subject of this two-part documentary, to be shown on th...

Man faces court charged over 1984 death of Victorian footballer Bernie Williams

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A man has faced court charged over the death of Victorian father and footballer Bernie Williams almost 40 years ago. Peter Raymond Brown, 62, faced Melbourne magistrates court via video link on Monday afternoon charge...

‘We are a family’: the former Spurs footballer running a team for kids with Down’s syndrome

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Allan Cockram is a former Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford footballer, but that doesn’t mean he’s rich. “If only!” says the 58-year-old from west London. “We got kicked up in the air on muddy pitches for the damn love ...

Which footballer played the fewest games to earn a testimonial?

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“What are the fewest number of appearances for a club to have resulted in a testimonial? Must be a back-up goalkeeper surely?” tweets SixStarsUK. The time-honoured tradition of the testimonial is usually reserved for ...

A Shropshire lad: Roberto Carlos becomes a pub footballer

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There is always something fascinating about seeing people a few notches below their usual standards, like watching Barcelona in the Europa League or Joe Biden’s cameo in the TV comedy Parks and Recreation. The Queen o...

Is it ever OK to laugh at a footballer scoring three own goals?

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In her book entitled Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune, the author and academic Dr Tiffany Watt Smith argues that it is “part of how we cope with inferiority or our own failures”. She and others view it a...

French footballer Karim Benzema guilty in sex tape extortion scandal

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The French international footballer Karim Benzema has received a one-year suspended jail sentence and been fined €75,000 (£63,000) for his involvement in a sex tape extortion scandal that shocked French sport. A Versa...

Diego Maradona: Cuban woman alleges footballer raped her when she was 16

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Mavys Álvarez, a Cuban woman who had a relationship with the late footballer Diego Maradona two decades ago, has alleged the Argentine player raped her when she was a teenager and “stolen her childhood”. Álvarez, now ...

Brighton and Hove Albion footballer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

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A Brighton and Hove Albion footballer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after a woman was allegedly attacked in the Sussex town. Sussex police said a man in his 40s and a man in his 20s were arrested af...

In briefs: Homeland Elegies; What You Can See from Here; The Accidental Footballer – review

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Ayad AkhtarHeadline, £8.99, pp368 A searing survey of a conflicted, ultra-capitalist, increasingly xenophobic US, Ayad Akhtar’s remarkable blend of memoir and fiction sees his narrator – named after himself – battlin...

Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences

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A Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences. The player was arrested last Friday and interviewed by police before he was released on bail. In a statement, Greater Manchest...

Baby beaver named after footballer Marcus Rashford by popular vote

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First there were public calls for a £200m polar research vessel to be called Boaty McBoatface, which the powers that be sadly turned down. This time the National Trust has honoured the results of a poll to name a baby...

The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin review – a heroic outsider

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In the 1980s, Pat Nevin was referred to as a “weirdo” by his teammates at Chelsea. Slight, good-looking and fond of wearing a leather jacket and ripped jeans, he was sometimes mistaken for Johnny Marr. His favourite w...

‘I felt degraded’: Ram Marwa on being racially abused as a young footballer

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Ram Marwa is recounting the time he was racially abused. It occurred during his days as a footballer and, understandably, talking about it is difficult. He is nervous, edgy, upset, but he tells the tale and, having do...

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