Uefa rebuked for dropping Rhian Brewster racism claim against Spartak captain

Uefa rebuked for dropping Rhian Brewster racism claim against Spartak captain

Kick It Out, English football’s main anti-racism group, has heavily criticised Uefa and described itself as “deeply disappointed” that the latest investigation involving alleged abuse against the England Under-17s World Cup winner Rhian Brewster has been dropped due to lack of evidence against the Spartak Moscow player who was accused. Uefa’s decision not to punish Leonid Mironov is the latest disappointment for Brewster after a series of alleged incidents that compelled Liverpool’s 17-year-old striker, with the support of his club, to approach the Guardian in December for an interview in…

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Russia’s Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

Russia has been welcomed back into the Olympic family just days after the end of the Winter Games and despite two of the country’s athletes failing drug tests. The country was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics after widespread doping was uncovered yet the International Olympic Committee approved a team of 168 athletes competing as “neutrals”. Two of that number failed drug tests but the IOC has still chosen to reinstate Russia’s Olympic membership, provoking anger among the international sporting community. “The final notification of all remaining test results from the…

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Women’s rugby: European Championship starts on Tuesday

Women’s rugby: European Championship starts on Tuesday

From Tuesday to Saturday, Belgium will host the “Four Nations” European Championships 15-aside women’s rugby tournament. The tournament will be played in both Waterloo and Brussels. The Belgian team is ranked 21st in the world, and is coached by Xavier Bossert and Renaud Labardant. Belgium will play against the Netherlands (which is 14th in the world rankings) in Tuesday’s semi-finals (at 8 p.m.) at the Pachy stadium in Waterloo. Prior to Belgium’s match, the other major clash, at 6 p.m, is the semi-final between Germany (20th in the world) against…

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Belgian football federation launches new campaign

Belgian football federation launches new campaign

The Belgian football federation, URBSFA, on Friday launched a new campaign, #REDTOGETHER, to highlight and tap into the unifying power of soccer. A video spot titled “Jamais seul, toujours ensemble” [‘Never alone, always together’] marks the official launch of the campaign. “It’s not only the Red Devils who are highlighted, but also the other actors involved in our football: the Red Flames (women’s national team), the Hopes (under 21s), the national futsal teams, the various national youth teams, the national handifoot teams, the Belgian Homeless Devils and Flames, and staff,…

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UK high street sales stagnant amid January retail gloom

UK high street sales stagnant amid January retail gloom

Consumer spending squeeze blamed for 0.1% rise with only gym kit and toys increasing. January was a tough month for high street retailers as sales rose just 0.1%, far below City expectations, as higher prices continued to deter shoppers from spending. City analysts had expected a recovery of around 0.5% last month, after the unexpectedly sharp fall of 1.4% in December. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate a pick up in year-on-year growth to 1.6% in January, from 1.5% in December, but analysts had hoped for…

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About 8,500 Belgian supporters have requested tickets for FIFA World Cup

About 8,500 Belgian supporters have requested tickets for FIFA World Cup

World football’s governing body, FIFA, has received 8,486 requests for tickets from Belgian fans for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Belgium is thus in 39th place where bookings per country are concerned, a FIFA spokesman confirmed to Belga News Agency on Friday. Members of 1895, the fan club for Belgium’s Red Devils, have booked 311 tickets for their team’s match against Panama, 1,001 for its encounter with Tunisia, and 1,461 for its last match of the group phase – against England. Fan-club members also made 194 bookings for a…

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Ex-footballers Mark Aizlewood and Paul Sugrue guilty of fraud

Ex-footballers Mark Aizlewood and Paul Sugrue guilty of fraud

Former professionals among group of six men facing jail for £5m sports leadership scam. Two former footballers are among a group of six men who face prison for scamming £5m from schools and colleges in a bogus sports leadership scheme. The former Wales international, 57-year-old Mark Aizlewood, and fellow ex-pro, Paul Sugrue, 56, were convicted of fraud on Monday. They were part of a scheme to convince educational institutions to pay for non-existent apprenticeships, Southwark crown court heard. The group promised to help struggling youngsters gain an NVQ in activity…

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David Beckham announces launch of his MLS Miami team

David Beckham announces launch of his MLS Miami team

An emotional David Beckham said Miami had made his “dream had come true” after finally becoming a Major League Soccer team owner. The Miami MLS team plans to enter the US top-flight as its 25th team in two years. The new club, which is yet to be named, was rubber-stamped by MLS 1,454 days after the former England captain arrived in Miami pledging to bring a professional team to the city. Now, with most of the hurdles cleared, MLS commissioner Don Garber has awarded Miami a franchise that will bring…

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Axel Witsel of Red Devils awarded best goal for 2017

Axel Witsel of Red Devils awarded best goal for 2017

Axel Witsel produced the best goal of 2017 for the Red Devils. This was announced yesterday by the Belgian Football Union. Witsel succeeded in a magnificent return in the match against Gibraltar (9-0), on August 31st, during the qualifications for the World Cup in 2018. Witsel’s goal was tremendously popular, voted for by 3,808 supporters. The second and third places go to two goals scored against Greece. On September 3rd, the strike from outside of the box produced by Jan Vertonghen in Athens (1-2) got 936 votes. On March 25th,…

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Fifa investigates after Rhian Brewster tells of racist abuse in Under-17 World Cup final

Fifa investigates after Rhian Brewster tells of racist abuse in Under-17 World Cup final

Fifa has opened an investigation after Rhian Brewster told the Guardian his England team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish opponent during the Under-17 World Cup final. Brewster made the allegation in an interview with the Guardian last week. The 17-year-old Liverpool player said he had personally experienced racial abuse or witnessed it on a football pitch seven times, including five occasions in the past seven months. Two of those alleged incidents – all against overseas opposition – took place on England duty, with the most recent being…

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