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AC Milan players targeted with racism in consecutive games

AC Milan players targeted with racism in consecutive games

Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who is Black, used his Instagram account to raise awareness after being showered with discriminatory insults by Juventus fans during a 1-1 draw Sunday. For the More »

CARABAO CUP: LATE GOALS GIVE STOKE VICTORY AT WATFORD

CARABAO CUP: LATE GOALS GIVE STOKE VICTORY AT WATFORD

Stoke struck twice late on to see off Watford and reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup for a third season in succession. Ashley Fletcher had equalised for the More »

CARABAO CUP: LEEDS EDGE PAST FULHAM WITH SHOOT-OUT SUCCESS

CARABAO CUP: LEEDS EDGE PAST FULHAM WITH SHOOT-OUT SUCCESS

Leeds won 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out to come out on top in their Carabao Cup clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage. Neither side had been able to find a More »

Suarez double gives Atletico win at Getafe in Spain

Suarez double gives Atletico win at Getafe in Spain

It was the 20th straight match without a loss against Getafe, which hadn’t scored since its last victory against Atletico in 2011. Luis Suarez needed a little more than 10 More »

JAY RODRIGUEZ SCORES DOUBLE BRACE AS BURNLEY THRASH ROCHDALE IN CUP TIE

JAY RODRIGUEZ SCORES DOUBLE BRACE AS BURNLEY THRASH ROCHDALE IN CUP TIE

Jay Rodriguez scored four second-half goals as Burnley beat Lancashire rivals Rochdale 4-1 to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. After Jake Beesley had given More »

MANCHESTER CITY YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN CARABAO CUP WIN AGAINST WYCOMBE

MANCHESTER CITY YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN CARABAO CUP WIN AGAINST WYCOMBE

Cole Palmer’s first senior goal for Manchester City put the final flourish on a comfortable 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe as key players shook off some rust and young More »

 

TOKYO 2020 OPENING CEREMONY DIRECTOR SACKED ONE DAY BEFORE EVENT

Friday’s opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been plunged into further chaos following the dismissal of its show director.

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto confirmed to media that Kantaro Kobayashi has been sacked on the eve of the event due to alleged anti-Semitic jokes he made during a comedy routine in 1998.

The show’s composer Keigo Oyamada was forced to resign earlier this week after footage emerged of interviews in which he admitted bullying disabled children during his schooldays.

And its executive creative director Hiroshi Sasaki stepped down in March following criticism of his suggestion that plus-size model Naomi Watanabe dress up as a pig during the ceremony.

No fans and fewer than 1,000 VIPs will be present in the 68,000 capacity Tokyo Olympic Stadium, with a string of heads of major corporations such as Toyota and Panasonic announcing publicly that they would withdraw, citing concerns over the public’s perception of the Games.

Japanese media have reported that Emperor Naruhito will be present at the ceremony, but will pointedly refrain from using the word “celebrate”.

Only around 30 of more than 200 Team GB athletes who are currently in Tokyo are expected to march at the ceremony, with many citing coronavirus concerns.