Shining A Light On Women In Sport

Shelley Alexander | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Sport
Shelley Alexander

It was the early hours of the morning in the summer of 2015 and England's women were through to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the very first time - what's more Twitter was ablaze with love and admiration for Lioness goal-scorer Jodie Taylor, who told us in her passionate post match interview...

This Poppy Protest Is An Empty Gesture

Kerry Barrett | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Kerry Barrett

Wearing a poppy is, for some, a nice gesture. But if it's done mindlessly - poppies handed out on an armband as the players wait in the tunnel, just for show, just so they can be seen to be wearing one without the accompanying donation - it's essentially an empty gesture. As empty as the outrage over the ban.

'Breathtakingly Sexist' Tweet Deleted By England's Official Twitter Account

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK

A tweet sent from England's official Twitter account, later deleted, has prompted uproar from users who blasted its message as being "breathtakingly s...

If Blatter Won't Go, Fifa Might Have To

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Sport
Dan Ehrlich

The scandal enveloping FIFA should have come of no great surprise...Football fans and pundits have long known about slush funds and payola. But it was tolerated, a reason why Sepp Blatter has been elected its head five successive times.

The FA Must Step Up and Take Responsibility in the Case of Ched Evans

Seema Malhotra | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Politics
Seema Malhotra

This case is not just about criminal rehabilitation, it's about role models and about behaviour that role models encourage. This is a moment when the Football Association should step up and take greater responsibility for the case, rather than the unedifying spectacle of dragging the argument out from club to club - and failing on both rehabilitation and role models in the process.

Fifa's Whitewash Report Won't Convince Anyone

Damian Collins | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Allegations have been made of millions of dollars of improper payments to Fifa officials who were involved in the process of voting for the winning bids. We are no closer today to knowing whether or not these allegations are true or false. Fifa has investigated itself and not surprisingly found itself to be not guilty.

Watching England is Like Watching a Train Crash Dubbed With Fart Noises

Alfie Evers | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Alfie Evers

So here we are again; downbeat, un-romanced and underwhelmed by our nation's football team... Shit at the Euros; Shit in World Cup Qualifiers, Shit at the World Cup. Uncle Roy needs to go, and he needs to go now.

Malky Mackay Response Shows Up Football's Glaring Equality Issues Once Again

Chris Deeley | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

The LMA now see themselves representing 92 league managers without a single black man among their ranks. Small wonder there are no openly gay professional footballers in England... You want to see discrimination eradicated in football? You want to make football a place for everyone? Don't stand by. Do your bit. Kick it out.

Football Owes Gay Fans

Chris Whiting | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Whiting

It's 2014 and there are still no openly LGBT people in English football. Not a manager, a player, nor even a physio. Other sporting organisations in the traditionally more conservative United States such as the NFL and the WWE and even Rugby Union and cricket here are streets ahead of 'the beautiful game' when it comes to equality.

Premier League 'Half-English' Rule Would Seriously Damage Division's Reputation

Joe Difford | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

The Premier League is the greatest league in the world. We hear it all the time and considering the calibre of the players, money spent by the teams and the unpredictability of the matches, it is easy to agree. However, this reputation could well be damaged or even destroyed, following Greg Dyke's new target set regarding English players.

This Is the Time for Terry to Come Back

David Mellor | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Sport
David Mellor

England have as much chance of winning the World Cup as Nick Clegg has of winning the General Election. But why not improve those slender chances by bringing John Terry in from the cold. After another magisterial performance at the Bridge on Saturday, it takes a particularly perverse England manager to keep him out.

Are Football's Governing Bodies Passing Too Many Rules and Censoring the Sport?

Jamie Spencer | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

In a world saturated by political correctness, absolutely everything can be perceived as 'offensive', 'inappropriate' or 'unsafe' if people deliberately choose to see things in a certain way. Most acts of celebration in football remain perfectly innocent, whilst others are just subject to unreasonable rules...

In This World Cup Year, Remember the True Football Heroes

Sir Geoff Hurst | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sir Geoff Hurst

I, of course, realised my ultimate dream in 1966. But this would not have been possible were it not for the volunteers who helped me play football when I was growing up and then later at my first club Chelmsford Boys, now known at Chelmsford City Youth FC.

Peter Tatchell: 'FA Not Supporting Gay Footballers'

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

Peter Tatchell has said the Football Association is not supporting gay players, accusing those at the top of the organisation of "shirking their responsibility" to tackle homophobia in the game.

'It's Wrong To Put Blame On Spurs Fans': Tottenham Hotspur's Y-Word Controversy

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

Whatever the position of the FA, Tottenham Hotspur supporters remain defiant. Chants of "Yid army" and "we'll sing what we want" reverberated around White Hart Lane during the sides 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

Football - Crazy?

Mark Piggott | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Piggott

What's the League Cup called now? I lost track somewhere between the Coca-Cola and Milk Cup eras. As for the Europa, which would you prefer - top four in the league or a tricky second leg in Elfsborg? Come to think of it (Wigan), which would YOU prefer - FA Cup winners, or staying in the Premiership?

Let's Go for Gold on Sporting Diversity

Karen Gill | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Sport
Karen Gill

Similarly to FTSE companies, sports governing bodies have been given until 2017, to make sure at least a quarter of board members are women, or see their funding cut. An objective that is likely to be missed as currently only 15 meet this target.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Must Be Held In Winter, Says FA Chairman Greg Dyke

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Sport

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar must inevitably be held in the winter, the new chairman of the FA has said. Greg Dyke, only two weeks into his job as c...

Doncaster Belles Lose Appeal But Gain Support

Steve McKevitt | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Sport
Steve McKevitt

On 30 June, the FA announced that Doncaster Belles had been unsuccessful in their appeal to remain in the Women's Super League (WSL). he appeal was made following the FA's decision back in April, after just one game of the current season, that Doncaster Belles would play in the second tier of the WSL when it expands to two divisions in 2014 .

Grassroots Heroes Need Your Support

Sir Geoff Hurst | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Sport
Sir Geoff Hurst

The anticipation around the start of the 2013/2014 football season is already building with transfer rumours, managers coming and going and fans planning their away trips. But it's worth remembering that all of the football superstars, their fans and the hundreds of column inches dominated by the beautiful game owe thanks to the people at junior and youth football clubs who work hard to ensure that communities and young players have access to football. Without this army of volunteers, the game as we know it simply couldn't continue.

Doncaster Belles Appeal - Will 22 Years at The Top Mean Sweet FA?

Steve McKevitt | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Sport
Steve McKevitt

Belles will be replaced by Manchester City: a club with neither history nor pedigree in the women's game, but, as we all know, one with an awful lot of money. The implications for fans of smaller clubs everywhere are clear. Yet national media coverage has been modest so far.

Why Bother Playing Football Matches? Just Count the Money Instead.

Steve McKevitt | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Sport
Steve McKevitt

There is so little to choose between the sports pages and financial pages, one would be forgiven for thinking that money's all that matters The media is culpable in this, but the FA, noble guardian of the game, is doing very little to disabuse us of that fact either.

Luis Suarez: Dealing With a Cannibal

Jim Smallman | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Jim Smallman

Thing is, when Luis Suarez decided to bite Branislav Ivanovic, he wasn't exactly on my list of favourite footballers. Even before his impression of a petulant toddler that hasn't been allowed a biscuit, he was already a deplorable human being.

Inside the FA: A View From the Governance Team

Darren Bailey | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Sport
Darren Bailey

It was late October in 1863 when Ebenezer Cobb Morley and his contemporaries gathered together in London's Freemason's Tavern, near to where Holborn tube station is today, to establish a code of rules for the regulation of football. Fast forward to today and the modern game is unrecognisable from those humble beginnings. Its global audience has never been bigger with interest in the English game growing year-on-year. With this comes huge expectation, from fans, players, managers and the media...

England Fans Reported For Racist Chants Against OWN Players

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Sport

England fans have been reported to Fifa for alleged racist chanting towards Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the World Cup qualifier against...