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Politics v sport – F1 drivers speak out against anti-gay laws

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Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have spoken out against Hungary’s new anti-LGBTQ+ law

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Hamilton, a seven-time world champion and eight-time winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, posted in support of the country’s LGBTQ+ community ahead of this year’s edition of the race.

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He wrote: “To all in this beautiful country Hungary. Ahead of the Grand Prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the governments’ anti-LGBTQ+ law. It is unacceptable, cowardly and misguiding for those in power suggest such a law.

“Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify. I urge the people of Hungary to vote in the upcoming referendum to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, they need our support more than ever.

“Please show love for those around you because Love will always win. Sending positivity. #lgbtq”

Following suit, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, arrived at the Budapest paddock with a rainbow strip on his trainers.

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“Everybody’s free to do what they want and exactly that I guess is the point,” Vettel said. “So I find it embarrassing for a country that is in the European Union having to vote or having some laws like this as part of their constitution, whatever,” Vettel said.

“I just think we’ve had so many opportunities to learn in the past and I can’t understand why you’re struggling to see everybody should be free to do what they like, love who they like and it’s along the lines of ‘live and let live’.

“So it’s obviously not for us to make the law, that’s not our role, but I think just to express the support for obviously those who are affected by it.”

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The law has become a controversial issue within sport.

The country is holding a referendum on a law which includes a ban on the depiction or promotion of homosexuality and gender change to under-18s.

Last month, UEFA refused a request from Munich’s Mayor for a stadium to be lit in rainbow colours ahead of Germany’s Euro 2020 clash against Hungary.


UEFA has refused a request from Munich’s Mayor for a stadium to be lit in rainbow colours ahead of Germany’s Euro 2020 clash against Hungary.

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UEFA says the decision was consistent with being a “politically and religiously neutral organisation”.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Hungary will hold a referendum on the issue by early 2022 at the latest.

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Cody Simpson eyes off Commonwealth Games spot

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Australian pop star Cody Simpson closing in on spot at Commonwealth Games

Cody Simpson was most well known for being a pop singer, and he’s on the verge is turning into a professional swimmer.

The 25-year old beat three-time Olympian Kyle Chalmers in the 100 metre butterfly heat at the Australian Swimming Championships.

If he places in the top three spots in the final he will book a place in the team for the Commonwealth Games.

He’s on track to achieve the feat given only dual-Olympic bronze medallist Matthew Temple recorded a faster time in the heats.

Simpson shaved nearly one second off his personal best time, and if he finishes in the top two in the final he’ll also be eligible to swim at the world titles in Budapest next month.

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How Biniam Grimay’s historic victory celebration took an unpleasant turn

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Biniam Grimay finished stage 10 with a blazing sprint in a historic victory at Giro d’Italia

The 22- year old cyclist became the first Black African rider to win a grand tour stage

However, the celebration turned rather bitter as champagne cork struck his eye on the winner’s podium.

Grimay was treated in the Ambulance after the celebrations.

He later missed the post-race interviews and was taken to the hospital for further care.

Grimay is now out of the Giro d’italia because of the eye injury.

 

Shreya Vats Contributed to the report

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Police probe assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

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Police have launched a probe into an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

Police are investigating an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.

Authorities say he was assaulted by a fan at the end of the Championship play-off final second leg at Nottingham Forest.

Television footage showed a member of the crowd charge at Sharp during a pitch invasion while the player stood on the sidelines.

According to his manager the sports star required stitches for his injuries.

Police say they are conducting enquiries as they continue their investigation.

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