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Racism backlash? English players take to the knee in Hungary

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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

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has been broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attracting interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Women’s 10km world record holder found dead

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Kenyan athletics champion Agnes Tirop has been found stabbed to death at her home in Iten, with police treating her husband as a suspect.

Tirop is a two-time World Athletics Champion bronze medalist, and just last month set the world record for the women’s 10km event at a road race in Germany.

A police investigation into her death is now underway, with her husband a key suspect who is yet to be located by police.

Crime scene investigators searched Tirop’s house on Wednesday night, after she was reported missing by her father.

“When [police] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor,” Tom Makori, head of police for the area, said.

“They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.

“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”

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Top NFL coach fired after emails uncover homophobic, misogynistic comments

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One of the biggest coaches in the NFL has resigned for misogynistic and anti-gay language in emails before he was appointed coach of the Las Vegas Raiders

According to The New York Times, Jon Gruden sent emails to Bruce Allen, the then President of the Washington Football Team, and others during a seven-year period that ended in 2018.

Gruden emailed Allen that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not have pressured then-Rams coach Jeff Fisher to draft “queers,” referring to a former player who was gay.

The Times also reported that Gruden used an anti-gay slur in several instances while referring to Goodell, and used offensive language to describe some owners, coaches and media members who cover the league.

Gruden also denounced the emergence of women as referees in his emails, according to The Times, and said that Eric Reid, who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, should be fired.

He has apologised for his “insensitive remarks” and said “sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone” in a statement on Monday local time

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