Matt Dathan

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Finally the Football's Back - But Will the Summer of 2013 Be Remembered as the Summer of Discontent?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 August 2013 | (01:31)

Finally the football's back. It's been nice to get the chance to watch other sports while we twiddle our thumbs reading the transfer gossip. It's been rather refreshing basking in the glory of British sportsmen actually doing well. We saw a Scot hit a ball successfully over a net, an...

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Women's Football Still Riding the Olympic Wave

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (23:40)

"You get better games on a Sunday morning with fat, hung-over blokes in their 40's. What a waste of money," was one of many disapproving comments to the news that this summer's Women's European Championship will be aired on free-to-view UK television for the first time in its history.

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Give Prisoners the Vote

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (23:14)

Prisoners should be given the vote. At least some of them should - the non-murderers and non-rapists among them.

I know I am vastly in the minority with this opinion and I risk becoming very unpopular by publicising it, but as we are talking about democracy here. Please let...

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Irrationality of Managerial Merry-go-round Defies Logic of World's Most Unpredictable League

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2012 | (23:00)

The managerial merry-go-round has gone into full swing over the last fortnight in the Football League Championship, with no less than six clubs appointing new managers.

For England's second tier managers, Halloween is consistently the scariest time of the year. Just two and a half months into the season Championship...

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Pie in the Sky: Team Sky's Zero-tolerance Policy to Cycling's Doping Past Is the Wrong Way to Recover the Sport's Reputation

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2012 | (11:32)

In the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong revelations, the debate in cycling has turned to the sport's future. How does cycling deal with its troubled past in a way that can truly rebuild its reputation?

While the sport's leading teams are united in their determination to guarantee a clean...

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Romney's Business Experience Does Not Fit the Bill for President of the United States

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2012 | (23:51)

In the closing ten weeks of the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and his Republican backers have hammered home their favourite line that under his presidency the United States will be in the best hands to recover from "four years of economic downturn". In the three presidential debates with Barack Obama,...

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Lance Armstrong Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Sport's Governing Bodies Are Threatening Our Fundamental Legal Right

(8) Comments | Posted 27 August 2012 | (07:14)

Lance Armstrong has never failed a drugs test. But his decision to drop his defence of doping charges led to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him from competitive cycling forever.

The Lance Armstrong drug dispute is just...

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In Defence of Football: What the Olympics Can Learn From the Beautiful Game

(1) Comments | Posted 23 August 2012 | (23:05)

Every four years the pain of the Olympic hangover is cured by the popular pastime of football-bashing as the extraordinary achievements and acts of sportsmanship of Olympians is compared to the direct opposites attributed to footballers. London 2012 has proven to be no exception.

In fact, the criticism aimed at...

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