Sport

Cyrille Regis: 1958-2018

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:09 Author: Matthew Thompson
Cyrille Regis

The former footballer Cyrille Regis has died suddenly at the age of 59 after a heart attack.

Cyrille was one of the black players who broke through into the game at the top level in England in the late 70s and early 80’s. They overcame appalling racism which was then, sadly, often regarded by fans and managers alike as just harmless banter, to be brushed off as something “normal” and to be expected.

Hillsborough: police to be prosecuted at last

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2017 - 1:57 Author: Rosalind Robson

Last year, an inquest jury found that David Duckenfield was guilty of “manslaughter by gross negligence” Duckenfield was the police officer in charge of policing the fateful football match at Hillsborough, the ground of Sheffield Wednesday, in 1989. 96 people were crushed to death, and 400 others injured in an overcrowded pen.

Football abuse: overturning a culture of silence

Submitted by Matthew on 30 November, 2016 - 11:40 Author: Gerry Bates

More than 20 ex-football players have come forward with reports they were sexually abused as children by coaches. The revelations have sparked an investigation by five police forces, as well as an internal investigation by the Football Association. An NSPCC hotline has already received over 100 calls.

Bending the rules like Allardyce Matthew Wed, 10/05/2016 - 10:34

Sam Allardyce has been sacked as manager of the England football team. He departs the national side with a 100% win record, although since he was only in post for one match, that’s not saying much.

FIFA: worse than capitalism Matthew Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:56

The seminal radical football podcast “This is Deep Play” once made this perceptive point about football: far from being a form of escapism detached from real life, football is like a mirror, vividly reflecting everything that’s playing out in capitalist society at large.

She was not “asking for it”! Matthew Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:37

Should Ched Evans have been given a job at Oldham Athletic Football Club? No, of course not!

Should he have the chance to rehabilitate, be employed, live his life? Yes.

But rehabilitation for a convicted rapist should not mean walking into a £2,500 a week job where he is, because in the public eye, a role model for boys and young men.

If this crime can be so easily forgotten about then it also sends a message that rape is a trivial matter.

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The revolution in English football AWL Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:07
Where now for Brazil? AWL Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:36

The World Cup has just ended in Brazil. Contrary to what we might expect the political situation remains, with the exception of the struggles of normally active groups, very calm and steady.

This is, however, definitely not due to a lack of good reasons to protest.

In the social media the changes were quick to be noted: the most common hashtags went from #NÃOVAITERCOPA (There will not be a World Cup) and
#COPAPRAQUEM? (World Cup for whom?) to #VAITERCOPASIM (There will be a World Cup).