Cleveland’s baseball team flaunts the most spectacularly racist logo in professional sports. Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians’ front office sent 27 lawyers to Toronto to defend it during the playoffs. The judge ruled in favour of Cleveland, but has yet to release his reasons| BRIAN WARD*
(October 13) – As a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am infuriated when I sense that a referee is not applying the rules impartially. At the heart of the beautiful game is that simple principle of fairness: that we are all playing on a level playing field.
Holding true to that fundamental has enabled sport to play a leading role in addressing wider societal inequalities – as, for example, when the sporting boycott of South Africa played such a key role in addressing apartheid. There’s no reason it shouldn’t do likewise in Palestine.