British South Asian referees to make Championship history

HISTORY will be made in English Football League on Saturday (10) when sikh brothers Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill will become the first pair of British South Asians to officiate in the same Championship game. Their father, Jarnail Singh, was the first turbaned sikh to have been a referee in the English Football League. Both […]

Pakistan women’s captain appeals to prime minister Imran Khan for help after FIFA ban

Hajra Khan, captain of the Pakistan women’s football team, has called on prime minister Imran Khan and president Arif Alvi to support the players in a time of crisis after FIFA suspended the sport’s national federation due to third-party interference. FIFA on Wednesday said its decision to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was prompted […]

Sam Allardyce calls for mass boycott of social media against online racist abuse

IN the fight against online racist abuse, West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce said only a mass boycott of social media by all England’s top professional clubs can make a difference. “I would like an accumulation of football clubs across the board to all do it together,” Allardyce said. “That, for me, would be the […]

Arsenal’s Willian says racism hurts and it must stop

WILLIAN is hurt by the online abuse that has been aimed at him and his family, as the Arsenal winger called the football authorities to do more to support the players. He is one of the many footballers who were racially abused online and Willian wants the trolls to be made to pay for their […]

Kamara says racially abused every day after Kudela incident

RANGERS midfielder Glen Kamara said he has been subjected to online racial abuse every day since his confrontation with Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela in the Europa League last month. Kamara complained of being racially abused by Kudela in their last-16 match, with the incident sparking a furious response from his Rangers team mates and saw […]

FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) due to third-party interference, football’s global governing body said on Wednesday (7). The Chadian Football association (FTFA) too was suspended with immediate effect due to government interference. FIFA in its statement said that its decision to suspend the PFF was prompted by the “hostile takeover”, which was […]

Tottenham Hotspur’s Davinson Sanchez faces online racist abuse

DEFENDER Davinson Sanchez was subjected to racist abuse on social media following Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle on Sunday (4). The 24-year-old Colombian posted a picture of the abusive messages on his Instagram Stories after the match, saying “Nothing changes”. Tottenham said it was “disgusted” and wanted social media platforms to take actions. “We […]

‘This has gone too far’: Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham on online abuse of players

ARSENAL has launched a #StopOnlineAbuse campaign for ‘changing attitudes and making a difference every day,’ when it comes to racist abuse of players on social media. The club would have to consider joining its former player Thierry Henry if nothing is done to stop online abuse of its players. Vinai Venkatesham, the club’s chief executive, […]

Pakistan players fear a PFF suspension would destroy careers

Pakistan’s men’s and women’s national team players fear their careers could be jeopardised with the country’s football federation (PFF) staring at a FIFA ban after a forced takeover of its national headquarters in Lahore. A group of football officials led by Ashfaq Hussain, which was elected by the Supreme Court in 2018 to run the […]

Kneeling debate has diverted attention from racism issue, says Thierry Henry

The debate over whether football players should take a knee before the games has diverted the attention from racism, said former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Players in England’s top flight football have been taking a knee since July last year, initially in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement before the Premier League and English […]

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