Racism backlash? English players take to the knee in Hungary
Hungary fans racially abused England players during a World Cup qualifier game in Budapest
English players were booed for taking the knee to protest against racism before kickoff, despite Hungary head coach Marco Rossi asking fans to respect the gesture.
Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham were targeted with racist chants from the capacity crowd inside the 67,000 seater Puskas Arena.
Raheem Sterling was hit with paper cups and bottles after opening the scoring for England in the second half. A flare was also thrown on the pitch after Harry Maguire scored to seal the 3-0 win for the Three Lions.
The English football Association condemned the actions of the crowd as completely unacceptable.
“It is extremely disappointing to hear reports of discriminatory actions towards some of our England players,” the statement said.
“We will be asking Fifa to investigate the matter. We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”
England Manager Gareth Southgate was pelted with ice after the game. During his post match interview he said he’d heard reports of racism from the team.
“Everyone knows what we stand for as a team, and that’s completely unacceptable. It has been reported. Our head of security has spoken to the players and taken their statement. We will deal with it in the right channels,” Southgate said.
“I believe that people have been filmed and we have to hope it’s dealt with the right way.”
Hungary were forced to play 3 games behind closed doors after fans were found to have committed discriminatory behaviour at Euro 2020, and have had a number of incidents which have led to fines from FIFA.
English players previously received racist abuse in a match against Bulgaria in 2019, as well as in a match the same year against Montenegro.
By Parker McKenzie
Rafa Nadal pulls out of French Open
The Spaniard has failed to regain full fitness from a hip injury sustained earlier this year
Rafa Nadal has delivered news that no tennis fan wanted to hear.
The King of Clay will miss the French Open after failing to regain full fitness from a hip injury suffered at the Australian Open back in January.
The 14-time Roland Garros winner says he expects to retire following the 2024 season.
Nadal has dominated the clay court season for close to two decades.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion fronted a widely anticipated press conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca to drop the bombshell, saying its the right thing to do for his body and personal happiness.
“I’ll look to be 100% ready for next year, which I believe will be the last year of my professional career,” Nadal told a news conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain.
“The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible.”
“I’ll not establish a date for my return. I’ll see how my body responds and take it from there,” said the 36-year-old. “If I keep playing at this moment, I don’t think I can be there next year.
“I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back in the highest level and compete for Grand Slams. What I will try to do is to give myself the opportunity to go back to what could be my final year competing at the highest level.”
China expresses concerns about ‘politicisation of sports’
The East Asian nation raised the issue when Premier Li met with the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach
China has expressed concerns to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the politicisation of sporting events.
The issue was raised when Chinese Premier Li Qiang met Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, in Beijing over the weekend.
“China’s efforts to promote the Olympic spirit will never cease, and [China is] ready to work with IOC to oppose the politicisation of sports, and make further contributions to the Olympic movement,” Li said.
It is rare for China to raise such concerns with the IOC in public, and it was the first time it had made such comments since the Winter Olympics in Beijing early last year.
The United States and several of its allies took part in a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing alleged human rights abuse in China’s far west region of Xinjiang.
Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusation and said it opposes any attempts to politicise sporting events.
Tasmanian AFL team becomes reality
Tasmania will have a team in the AFL after all 18 current teams agreed to the motion
An exciting day for residents of the Australian state of Tasmania today.
Outgoing AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirming Tasmania has been granted the league’s 19th licence.
It follows the nation’s federal government confirming it will cover the $240 million shortfall to fund a new multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point.
This has long been viewed as Tasmania’s most significant hurdle for entry into the league.
All 18 clubs supported the state’s bid, before the AFL Commission agreed to a formal ratification.
McLachlan fronted a press conference at North Hobart Oval, alongside Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles and a whole host of players.
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