The Premier League is to resume amidst COVID-19: UK BAME footballers are divided

The FA’s intention is to resume the Premier League around 1 June. However, it seems that the top BAME footballers players in the UK are divided because of the safety to players, staff and officials cannot be guaranteed, therefore most are not comfortable to play. That is why concerns about safety of the Premier League season resuming has been raised – because of the contemplation what the worst outcome could be because it is not seen as a safe sport.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC: Celebrating Diversity

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Dagenham & Redbridge FC (The Daggers) have announced that 2020 will be their tenth year for “Daggers Against Racism Day” which celebrates its commitment to diversity within football. The club’s spokesman said, “I am very proud of our long-standing partnership with the community in which we all live and the national recognition that we have achieved through these days”. They bring together: the many diverse cultures where we live and demonstrate our commitment to discrimination in whatever form it may take.”

The club’s managing director went on to say, “I would also like to thank our major sponsor who is accelerating inclusive regeneration in Barking and Dagenham. Their sponsorship demonstrates their commitment to the community and its mission to make sure regeneration works for everyone.”

John McEnroe: “Homophobic Margaret Court’s titles are in the past – where she also belongs”

Sourced via Yahoo! Mail


Margaret Court is an Australian singles player who won a record 24 singles Grand Slam titles and all four of them in 1970. She also has the second biggest court in Melbourne Park named after her. However, Margaret has been widely criticised for her religious-based views on same-sex marriage and LGBT+ rights. Court, who is a Christian Pastor at Perth’s Victory Life church, launched into a tirade against transgender athletes and claimed the inclusion of LGBT+Q related material at schools was the work of the “devil”.

Speaking on Eurosport at the Australian Open McEnroe (self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis)said: “The air quality in Melbourne is not the only nightmare that Tennis Australia is having, Margaret Court is another” and John McEnroe also quotes: “There’s only one thing longer than Margaret Court’s list of achievements, it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements. This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Margaret Court’s calendar Grand Slam and Tennis Australia is facing a dilemma: what to do with their crazy aunt? My plea to Serena Williams is to wipe out Margaret Court’s titles into the past, where it belongs.”

Pochettino breaks his silence after Tottenham ‘recharging batteries’

Sourced as well via Independent Newspaper

Mauricio Pochettino says he does not want a prolonged period out of the game.
Fired by Tottenham despite reaching a Champions League final, Mauricio Pochettino said he is adapting to the growing instability of management as he eyes a new club and a return to the dugout.

After top-four finishes in four consecutive seasons – and reaching the 2019 European final and despite spending nothing on players last season – Pochettino was dismissed with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League. It was a ruthless decision by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in a bid to halt the decline, reflecting how hard it is to stay, as long as Pochettino, in any managerial job. Unai Emery followed Pochettino out of north London rival Arsenal 10 days later. Reduced job security does open up opportunities for out-of-work coaches like Pochettino.

“We know very well how our job is,” Pochettino said. “In the last 10 years you see a little how it’s changed and … it’s unbelievable. But that is our job and we accept that.”

Playing the race card with managers

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(Pictured: Ossie Ardilles manager of Tottenham Hotspurs in the mid-1990s)

The most successful English (British) managers are few. However, by applying their trade to the best of their knowledge have made them to become the most excellent managers. For example, the past gave us Brian Clough, Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Robson and Ian Paisely and of course Sir Alex Ferguson (Scottish/British). On the other hand it is no surprise to read that the all-time top most successful twenty managers who represented the premier league are all foreign nationals. Foreign coaches may be commonplace today, but once upon a time they were a novelty on these shores.

The Rooney Rule helps to address the lack of representation of BAME managers in English football – but we have to first face society’s inherent racism. The debate in favour of the FA ruling says that the manager’s position is a “leadership role as much as a technical one, and positions have been given on the strength of personality, character and likeability.”

The Rooney Rule, which requires at least one BAME candidate to be interviewed for every coaching role, is being implemented by the FA but not yet by the Premier League, and only on a voluntary basis by the EFL. There will be those from the institution who will lament the fact that many are introducing race into an issue where race is not an issue, and who will also ignore the data in favour of their own intuition, which tells them that everything is fine and these people are just making trouble. Cynics will tell themselves and also believe that they are the real victims; and the BAME community are the real persecutors. Mostly non-BAMEs will despise organisations like the official Kick It Out movement and the arguments they present. Once again many will decry the BAME’s for playing the race card. However the Independent newspaper has been quoted with the statement “you don’t need to play the race card if you’re already winning the game”. Perhaps being ignorant is one of true facts behind this major issue?

A selfish culture in Boxing blocks progress in safeguarding fighters

The sport has been awash with tributes and faced scrutiny since the death of America’s Patrick Day in October 2019 and becoming the fourth boxer to die in recent months.

Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke of improving safety, while brain-injury charity Headway wants the sport banned.

Radio 5  discuss in length about the changes  that  to  need to be put in place and the barriers preventing it.