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England plays political football over FIFA poppy ban

England Plays Political Football over FIFA Poppy Ban

By FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*

The Rule Britannia brigade were out in force this week furiously denouncing an international football ban on what they say is their right to commemorate Britain’s war dead.

Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, ruled that when England plays Scotland next week on November 11 neither team is permitted to wear the red poppy symbol on their shirts. Continue reading

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Timeline. Colin Kaepernick’s US national anthem protest and the athletes who are joining him

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests, but has now been joined by athletes from around the sports world | 

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The football quarterback, the US president and a just stand

By TONY SEED (Originally posted on Facebook on September 4, 2016)

An American athlete, Colin Kaepernick, has taken a just stand.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Mr Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, told NFL Media in an interview after Friday’s game during which he again rightly refused to stand at attention during the playing of the U.S. anthem accompanied by a military flypast. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Continue reading

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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‘Ban, ban, ban!’: Paralympians victimized

“And there is no world outcry against the banning of the Russian Paralympic team? In what world does this make sense except as a blatant attack on the rights of the disabled?” – Dugald MacDonald on Facebook

“Let’s leave the last word to Joe Biden, the Vice President of the world’s ‘Exceptional Nation’ – and one which doesn’t have to worry too much about doping bans. ‘We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line,’ he said. ‘Don’t forget it.’” – NEIL CLARK

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams. © Kirill Kallinikov

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams | © Kirill Kallinikov / Sputnik

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Football: EURO 2016 new front for NATO’s hybrid war on Russia

Euro2016LogoRussia’s threatened disqualification from the Euro 16 Football Championship over fan violence fits into a pattern of systematically demonizing Russia in the Western media on a host of other issues | FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*

For the past two years, Russia has been blamed for annexing countries, invading others and threatening the entire geopolitical architecture of European security. Continue reading

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Outrageous! Ukraine asks UEFA for permission to use Nazi SS symbols

Photo shows Nazi SS Galician banner in Ukraine football stadium

Photo shows “patriotic” Nazi SS Galician banner in in the Lviv Arena stadium in Ukraine

These articles were originally published by this blog on December 3, 2014 and are being republished on the occasion of EURO 2016 new underway in France, in which Ukraine is competing. Violent clashes took place on June 11 between English and Russian hooligans in Marseille. (Note: On June 14, in a brazen political maneouvre, EUFA arbitrarily levied Russia with a suspended disqualification and €150,000 fine as French authorities set to deport up to 50 Russian fans. No action was taken against England.)

“We have yet to win back our symbols and to uphold them.” Condemn this growing fascism!

Oleksandr Hlyvynskyi, press attaché of Ukraine’s national football team, asked UEFA for permission to use “SS-Galicia” logos Hlyvynskyi said this during a roundtable discussion on the subject “The patriotic dimension of football: Fan culture.” Continue reading

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