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Awkward But Key Questions On Stadium Safety Standards

Simon Sapper | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Sport
Simon Sapper

According to the Football Association - the national governing body for the game in England - "there is one aspect of the English game that continues to set the standard and makes us the envy of the international football community".

England And Scotland To Wear Poppies At Wembley As FAs Defy Fifa Ban

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The English and Scottish Football Associations have defied Fifa by announcing England and Scotland players will wear poppies when they play each other...

The Football Association Have Dealt With Allardyce Scandal By The Books

David Alexander | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Sport
David Alexander

"We are the guardians of the game. It's the right decision to protect the integrity of the FA," said FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn on the in-house FA TV channel, and to their credit, the governing body have dealt with this sorry affair impeccably.

Elbow Merchant Fellaini Should Not Have a Palace Date at Wembley

Rob Atkinson | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK Sport
Rob Atkinson

Louis van Gaal, the current manager of Manchester United, is a confusing figure. Frequently disarming and able to display a self-deprecating humour, he's occasionally also abrasive and blinkered. Sometimes, he's just downright weird, a facet of his personality that came to the fore after the most recent act of thuggery from one of his least admirable players, a certain Monsieur Fellaini.

Soccer Scaremongering: The New Political Football

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Sport
Jonathan Arnott

They were bound to have a go, sooner or later. The campaign to stay in the European Union has resorted to fear and scaremongering on almost everything else, and in my experience there are a lot of staunchly anti-EU football fans, so a 'Brexit would hurt football' follows as surely as the playoffs follow the regular season.

Board of Being Blocked

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Sport
Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

Hands up any women who would like to be the CEO of a business ... Hands up anyone Blacks or Asians who would like to be senior member of a governing board ... Ok, now here's something really radical; hands up any Black or Asian women who would like to be the chief executive of a company.

Atmosphere Over Money: A Trip to Borussia Dortmund

Jim Smallman | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Sport
Jim Smallman

We've all heard about German football and how cheap it is compared to the sport here. Once you go there, you realise that it's impressive in so many more ways that just financially. I'll never stop loving football in England, but seeing it in Germany was a massive epiphany in my life as a fan.

Ched Evans' Victim Deserves an Apology Too, Gordon

Polly Courtney | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Polly Courtney

Gordon Taylor has apologised to Liverpool families who suffered a miscarriage of justice; I would like to see him apologise to the victim of a crime that he appears to have conveniently erased from his version of history: the rape of a woman by Ched Evans. She deserves an apology too.

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.

Football World Stunned After Clarke Carlisle Seriously Injured

PA | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Sport

The world of football has been stunned after former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle was serio...

Balotelli Faces FA Charges Over 'Racist And Anti-Semitic' Instagram Post

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Sport

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for an Instagram post about the Nintendo character Super Mario that said he "jumps like a...

Lawyer Comparing Ched Evans To Guildford Four Hasn't Gone Down Well

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Sport

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been compared to the Guildford Four - a group who spent more than a decade in prison for a crime they didn't commit. ...

Football Culture Trivialises Sexual Violence

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

It is far too easy to become desensitised to the pain and suffering caused by men like Chedwyn Evans, as their victims are not the ones we see on the football pitch every week. If a positive attitude towards gender equality is ever to be achieved, it is imperative that bodies like the FA impose tougher penalties on those who commit such serious offences.

Where Are the Asian Football Stars?

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Sport
Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

The statistics are worrying at best. Of the 4,500 players in the Football League (that includes scholars and academy players), only four are of South Asian decent. And in the richest league in the world, the Premier League, there are only three; Neil Taylor at Swansea and brothers Adil and Samir Nab at West Brom.

To Win the World Cup You Need a Business Plan and England Doesn't Have One!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Sport
Charlie Mullins

It's a radical idea I know, but how about next time we send the England football team to a tournament we try to win? And by that I mean why don't we treat our national sport like a business, and give ourselves half a chance of realising our undoubted potential?

Could Managing Expectations Be an Own Goal for England?

Gavin Megaw | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Gavin Megaw

Business can learn a lot from politics - and sport - in terms of managing public expectations. Companies are getting smarter at this game - down playing expectations in the business pages in advance of difficult results. But too often company leaders fail to control the narrative by overstating their ambition in the first place. Corporate Britain is littered with the bodies of business leaders who promised big and delivered small.

'The FA Don't Care' - Astle's Widow Hits Out Over Sport's Concussion Row

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Sport

Jeff Astle's widow claims the Football Association "don't care" about examining footballers' head injuries. Astle, who is best remembered for scori...

Not Every 'Scandal' Should Lead to Resignation

Gavin Megaw | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Sport
Gavin Megaw

This is undoubtedly a headache to the Premier League, for club owners, and those who sit around the table once a fortnight. But they should think about what they are risking if they let Scudamore go. He has performed miracles at the Premier League, while continuing to support the rest of the game. To lose him from football would be a real scandal.

Why Greg Dyke's Second Team Brainwave Is A Second Rate Idea

Tony Jimenez | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

The big boss has been quoted as complaining that the English game is too conservative, and requires a radical approach in order to shake it up - and, in some ways, he should be applauded for adopting such a brave attitude. But, having studied the details of his proposal, I really believe that he is backing the wrong horse in this case.

FA Won't Take Action Against Scudamore Over Sexist Remarks

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Sport

The pressure on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore over sexist emails has intensified after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke desc...

FA Commission's B League Proposal Criticised By Supporters And Clubs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Sport

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke unveiled a raft of proposals from his England commission report at Wembley on Thursday, but is bound to face s...

Is Grassroots Football Heading for a Crisis?

Alex Jones | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Sport
Alex Jones

Last month's announcement that the Football Association is going to lose a significant amount of investment - £1.6m of public funding - is the latest wake-up call for amateur football. Sport England is responsible for distributing public money to increase sports participation, and its decision to reduce funding for football is as a result of a sharp decline in the number of people playing the sport.

Jim Murphy Urges FIFA To Put Pressure On Qatar Over Working Conditions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa and the national football associations of the UK should put pressure on Qatar to improve the "sub-human" working conditions of thousands of migra...

Hillsborough To Be Commemorated 25 Years On

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Sport

English football will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by delaying kick off in all Premier League, Football League, Footb...

Tens Of Thousands Bid Farewell To 'Preston Plumber' Finney (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Sport

Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the civic funeral of Sir Tom Finney in Preston. Six Players Moyes Needs To Turn United Int...