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Celtic Flying The (Palestinian) Flag

Those insisting sport and politics shouldn’t mix are hopelessly naïve. Sport is too popular worldwide for it not to be used by those with well-tuned political senses. The fight against Apartheid was as much about South Africa’s sporting isolation as students declaring “until Barclays Bank disassociates itself from the Apartheid regime I shall take my overdraft elsewhere.” Of course, a few hundred protestors at a sporting event only impact significantly as part of a multi-faceted, on-going movement which picks their sporting event wisely. Protests at one rugby tour in 1969 didn’t bring down Apartheid. But it was part of...

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Burnley: Andre Gray – And Football’s – Intractable Problem

It’s now been more than four years since Andre Gray, then just another non-league footballer plying his trade with the now-deceased Hinckley United, made the first of a set of comments which have been dredged up from the bottom of the vast ocean that makes up Twitter’s archives. And they were horrible. In their nature, they went far beyond the sort of casually homophobic bullshit that can sometimes seem pre-programmed into young men. They constituted hate speech, and that should not be allowed to be forgotten. But Twitterstorms were not a fundamental part of our universe at that time...

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The Premier League Review: Jurgen’s Jekyll & Hyde

The warning signs were there following their four-three win at Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Liverpool have the look of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde about them this season, and it seems that, unless the team has a little more consistency drilled into it or further reinforcements are made to the defence before the end of the transfer window, they will continue to shine in fits and starts rather than on a week in, week out basis. A mistake by Nathaniel Clyne after two minutes allowed Sam Vokes to give Burnley the lead against them at...

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Football League Review: A Fool’s Errands

Trying to predict anything in a league as volatile as the Championship can be a fool’s errand. In the days immediately leading up to the start of the season, the sudden decision of Wolverhampton Wanderers to jettison manager Kenny Jackett and replace him with Walter Zenga, a man with a patchy managerial record and no experience of the peculiar slog that this division requires whatsoever, seemed like a counter-intuitive one. On Saturday afternoon, however, his team jumped to third place in the table after a sparkling second half performance was enough to cruise past Birmingham City after Birmingham had...

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