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Mesut Özil walks away from Germany team citing ‘racism and disrespect’

 Özil attacks DFB president Reinhard Grindel in statement 

 ‘I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose’

Mesut Özil was part of the Germany team that was eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage in Russia

Reuters (July 22) – Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, the midfielder hitting out at what he perceived to be unfair discrimination surrounding his meeting with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in May.

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I’ve got some things to say

The Player’s Tribune has published a series of first person life stories of footballers competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One of the more compelling is that of ROMELU LUKAKU, the outstanding Belgian striker. Something he says struck a chord, reminiscent of the Canadian media’s attitude towards world class sprinter Ben Johnson in the 1980s. When things were going well for him, we read articles calling him Ben Johnson, the Canadian champion. After he had been incriminated with steroids, they called him Ben Johnson, the immigrant from Jamaica.

Sam Robles | The Players’ Tribune

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Who is singing now?

By TONY SEED

(July 11, revised July 19) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup, renditions of “Three Lions” and “Rule Britannia” in the stadiums, and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium back on June 28 with the pretext of resting players and avoiding injuries for the Round of 16. “Sometimes, you have to make decisions with the bigger picture, and that’s what I did tonight,” rationalized head coach Gareth Southgate at the time – as if the decision was his and his alone. That bigger picture seems to have included getting a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and therein build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association, and “hearts and minds” diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Such are the elastic ethics of England.  Continue reading

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Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as FIFA admit secret let-off over fans’ fascist banners

Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as Fifa admit secret let-off over fans' fascist banners

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2018 World Cup: British über alles – great nation chauvinism

Panama’s Felipe Baloy exploits an English defensive mix-up and slides the ball into the corner for a historic goal.

BY TONY SEED

England humiliated “little Panama” 6-1 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod. One newspaper (the Herald Sun) called its team a “fraud.” The TV broadcasters and the four members of the TSN “World Cup Panel” – all British, two from Yorkshire – oohed and awed over the superior English performance. The London Guardian unashamedly rejoiced: “Panama hammered by England in World Cup walkover.” The Independent screamed that the great power “can go all the way” and win the World Cup. A Guardian photo spread selectively featured four shots of Panama players “manhandling” and “bear hugging” the innocent and virtuous Englishmen, the so-called inventors of the game. This from a country where UK Sport was forced to conduct in 2017 a “root and branch review” of its policies following reports of a culture of fear in organisations as diverse as British Cycling, British Swimming, British Bobsleigh and British Gymnastics. This hubris and the whole concept of “hammering” and a “rout” by a great power over a small nation completely negates the modern spirit of friendship, respect and appreciation of all peoples and their right to be. It is British über alles of the imperialist era. Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: Deutschland über alles trumped by Mexico

Mexico defeated defending World Cup champion Germany 1-0 on June 17th, producing the best win of the opening round. Mexico was ranked 15th in the world by FIFA and had never before defeated Germany in an official match. Germany topped the list entering the tournament. Mexico’s counterattacking and pace was first-class and they should have scored more. Continue reading

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Kaepernick’s ex-teammate Eric Reid files collusion grievance against NFL cartel

AP | NEW YORK (May 2) —The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.
In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.  (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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