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Speedo ditches Olympic champion for attending Putin rally

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Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov has lost a speedo deal after attending a rally in Moscow hosted by Putin

 

As the war in Ukraine continues, Russian athletes are being dropped from their respective sports. Some are banned for simply being Russian but others are dropped because they outrightly support Vladimir Putin.

Prominent Swimwear brand Speedo has immediately terminated its sponsorship deal with 25-year-old Evgeny Rylov, a two-time Olympic gold medalist.


According to a Russian Newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, Rylov stood alongside seven other Russian athletes to commemorate Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

In February and March 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. The invasion took place in the aftermath of the Revolution of Dignity and is part of the wider Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

This day is seen as illegal by the Ukrainian Government and condemned by the west.

Speedo says they stand in solidarity with Ukraine and will not support Russian agression.

The prominent brand says further sponsorship fees will be given to the UN commissioner for refugees.

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Emergency World Cup departure by England’s Raheem Sterling

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In a nightmare situation for the English national football team, Raheem Sterling has returned home after intruder broke into his family residence

Football superstar Raheem Sterling has returned home on an emergency flight, after intruders broke into his family residence.

Police are investigating the burglary at Sterling’s home in a town called Leatherhead, just south of Central London.

Reports suggest a number of expensive items were stolen, including watches and other jewellery.

Sources close to Sterling say he is “shaken” and “concerned” about the wellbeing of his loved ones and wants to be home to “support his family.”

There have been nothing be best wishes and support from fellow team mates and staff. 

“For the moment the priority is clearly for him to be with his family…

We are going to support that and make sure he has as much time as he needs…

At the moment it’s a situation where he needs time with his family and I don’t want to put him under any pressure with that…

Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – International Friendly – England v Ivory Coast – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 29, 2022 England manager Gareth Southgate before the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

It comes as England get set for a big semi-finals match against France.

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China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast

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China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage

A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.

Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.

State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.

This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.

The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.

It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.

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Tech giant could bid for Man Utd

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Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.

Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.

The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.

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