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|>>|| No. 8146
>Mark Sampson, the manager of the England women’s football team, is alleged to have told one of his black players to make sure their Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley, according to extraordinary new evidence the Guardian can present as part of the Eni Aluko hush-money case.
>Aluko tells this newspaper that the Football Association has known about the comment – described in one letter from the Professional Footballers’ Association to the governing body as a “racist joke” – since November 2016 but chose to ignore it despite a previous allegation that Sampson had asked a mixed-raced player in another England get-together how many times she had been arrested.
>Aluko, who was born in Nigeria but moved to England with her family as a young child, was paid £80,000 by the FA to sign a confidentiality agreement but has now obtained consent to tell her side of the story and in an interview with the Guardian she alleges that Sampson made the comment to her about Ebola before England played Germany in November 2014.
>“We were in the hotel. Everybody was excited. It was a big game. On the wall, there was a list of the family and friends who were coming to watch us and I just happened to be next to Mark. He asked me if I had anyone who would be there and I said I had family coming over from Nigeria. ‘Oh,’ he said. ‘Nigeria? Make sure they don’t bring Ebola with them.’
Is it racist to make a joke about people travelling from a country which had a confirmed Ebola outbreak during the height of the 2014 epidemic? It may not have been in the best possible taste, but that doesn't make it racist.
Were jokes made at our expense about mad cow disease racist? Were jokes made about Asians during their outbreak of bird flu racist?
|>>|| No. 8151
It's a bit of a saga.
Two years ago, a Grimsby Town fan was kicked out of an away match against Forest Green Rovers after refusing to hand over a giant beach ball to the stewards. In protest, Grimsby Town fans started bringing inflatable toys to away games. Shortly afterwards, a fan was charged with assault for hitting a steward with an inflatable shark at an away game against Barnet. Barnet banned inflatable toys to prevent a repeat incident; Grimsby Town fans protested this by hiring a Mariachi band for their next away match against Barnet.
Basically, Grimsby Town fans are fucking mental.
|>>|| No. 8153
>I remember laughing but in a very nervous way. I went back to my room and I was really upset.
>I’m not a sensitive, precious person ... but I can recognise something toxic when I see it
I think we have to acknowledge that as white people we're probably never going to understand what remarks are and aren't racist because they are received in a very specific context that is alien to us. If I take Aluko at her word, and this was dolphin rape, I'm trying to mentally put myself in her shoes and understand how she interpreted it, and I can sort-of grasp the degree of hurt felt, but it's quite difficult.
|>>|| No. 8154
That's the sort of football game everyone should go to though. They seem like a fun lot to me (but then I'm Pompey, who are also quite mental).
|>>|| No. 8156
It's mostly a victim-complex. In reality these feelings were and continue to be under her own control.
Dispensing with the usual pretences of sympathy and to cut it short - people do not deserve to be sympathised with just because their feelings are hurt.
|>>|| No. 8157
That would be great in a world with no dolphin rape what so ever.
|>>|| No. 8161
Now if other people want to insult her, for whatever reason, it's not the insult itself that hurts but her own decision to be hurt by insults. The only solution for her is to learn to disregard as unimportant everything not under her control; other people's dolphin rape is one of these things.
|>>|| No. 8163
No but as a human being with all the abilities for reason that entails, she does have control over her own thoughts and emotions. What I'm saying is that people shouldn't be wasting emotional energy on things she cannot control.
|>>|| No. 8169
On one picture they look like a pair of Christmas puddings, so I'd imagine so.
She seems to be making the most of her five minutes of fame, giving one interview yesterday saying they only kissed and she's not a marriage wrecker before giving another one later saying they were both up for a shag and the police spoiled the night.
|>>|| No. 8170
>any woman he wants
This is Wayne Rooney we're talking about lad. He might be filthy rich but he looks like fucking Shrek.
|>>|| No. 8171
I think what >>8167 is probably getting at is that women go for rich men, often regardless of looks. Just look at Jerry Hall and Rupe.
|>>|| No. 8172
This. I know his previous form shows that he has very low standards, but he could do a lot better than a skanky 29 year old bar rat single mother with a mahoosive forehead.
|>>|| No. 8176
Indeed, and I was getting at the fact he's so bloody ugly I don't think any amount of money could tempt me to part my legs. Hence why he has to settle for skets like that.
|>>|| No. 8177
Have you ever seen the prostitutes he's slept with? Even with all the money he earns he kept going for £45 per hour troggmonsters.
|>>|| No. 8178
Maybe it's good financial planning. Or maybe he just has a thing for munters.
|>>|| No. 8192
Wazza's been given a two year driving ban.
I'm starting to be convinced that it was the woman in the car with him who actually tipped off the police, bearing in mind the way she's being desperately trying to cling onto fame.
|>>|| No. 8193
All those holidays etc, she's been on are obviously being paid for by the papers. I'm inclined to assume she'd be ignorant of such arrangements, but I don't know how people think or what they know.
|>>|| No. 8194
>Mark Sampson has been sacked as England women's manager following evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous role.
>The Football Association says that last week it was made aware of the full details of safeguarding allegations made against Sampson in 2014 relating to his time as Bristol Academy manager. But a 2015 FA assessment found Sampson did not pose a risk.
>Sampson was deemed fit to continue as England manager after the FA carried out a safeguarding investigation when the allegations were first made in March 2014. Glenn insists he was first told of the investigation in October 2015 and read the full report for the first time only last week when someone from outside the FA advised him to do so.
Sounds like a witch-hunt, to me. Sacking him due to unsubstantiated rumours and media pressure.
|>>|| No. 8195
Hertha Berlin's players and officials "took a knee" to show their support for "an open-minded world" before their 2-0 loss against Schalke on Saturday. The Bundesliga club copied the protests, started by San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, against treatment of black Americans.
Is this what people mean when they talk about virtue signalling?
|>>|| No. 8196
I'm rather wary of the term, as it's often used to denigrate solidarity. There's nothing noble about playing leftier-than-thou Top Trumps on Twitter, but solidarity is the most precious and powerful weapon we have.
I think that Hertha Berlin's protest was a humble and respectful display of solidarity for African American athletes, rather than a smug display of their lefty credibility. Colin Kaepernick has retweeted Hertha Berlin's protest and many others; he clearly believes that that the broad national and international support for the NFL protests has substantially strengthened their cause.
In times like these, I think it's worth remembering the lessons of Paul Robeson. He supported the working class movement around the world, from Wales to China; in turn, they supported the civil rights movement in America. His humanity and generosity of spirit helped to bind disparate causes together into a unified struggle.
|>>|| No. 8199
The problem with Hertha Berlin is that they always try to kneel it in, err wha...
|>>|| No. 8201
Clubber Lang at 20 seconds in, throwing punches with one hand whilst holding his kid with the other.
|>>|| No. 8202
What an absolute state of a man. I hope the mother of that child, and in fact everyone with a stake in it's wee life, tears him a new arsehole.
|>>|| No. 8203
>“But I’m ashamed of what I’ve done. I already know. I’m not a fucking dickhead.”
>He accused the players of putting his son in danger by “swinging their arms” and added: “They’re supposed to be setting an example, as professional athletes.
>“I put myself and my son in a dangerous position by taking my eye off the ball and getting carried forward with other fans,” he said. Before I knew it I was through the gate, which should have been shut. Everton should have provided adequate security.
>I knew I’d put myself in that dangerous position. It was not intentional but I’d been too concentrated on screaming abuse at the players for being shit. And before I knew it I was led down there – then it was like, ‘Fucking hell, what’s going on?’ and it looks the way it looks.”
>The dad insisted he is being made a scapegoat and compared the ruckus to the attack on a fan by Manchester United striker Eric Cantona in 1995.
>“It doesn’t look the best on video but I know what happened and what I intended to do. That’s why I’m so aggrieved.”
>He said his ex phoned “in tears” amid a fear social services might get involved. “I live with my mum. I don’t know what social services want to see me for,” he added.
He's ashamed of what he's done, but he's being made a scapegoat and it's Everton's fault for not closing a gate and the fault of the Lyon players for not setting a better example when fans have stormed down to try and assault them.
|>>|| No. 8207
An American statistics obsessive who persuaded Fulham’s owner to let him dictate transfer policy accused the club of dolphin rape and physical threats in an extraordinary Twitter attack after he was sacked last week, the Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Craig Kline had come to wield huge influence through his close friendship with owner Shahid Khan’s son Tony, who is director of football operations. He blocked low budget deals to sign players such as Aaron Mooy, who has become a big Premier League success at Huddersfield Town, and Glenn Murray, shortlisted for the top flight’s player of the month award, because they did not score highly enough on his analytics charts.
He made bizarre claims of dolphin rape when players were not bought on the basis of his Moneyball-type model and he went public last week in a series of tweets, seen by the Mail on Sunday from an account now deleted.
Fulham have been in a state of civil war over Kline’s insistence that no player who fell below a specific numerical rating on his data model - which he has refused to divulge details of internally - could be signed. He wielded immense control, with Shahid Khan deferring to his son when executives pleaded with him to intervene.
Shahid Khan finally decided to sack Kline when the obvious internal strife coincided with a dismal display against bottom club Bolton Wanderers last Saturday, in which Fulham needed a last-minute equaliser. With a substantial number of Kline’s players deemed inadequate by Jokanovic, the Serbian was forced to field academy players.
To the astonishment of Fulham executives, Kline called the Metropolitan Police after Shahid Khan reiterated to him on Monday that he was no longer wanted at the club. He eventually departed in farcical fashion, discussing his complaints with officers at a picnic bench while chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, chief operating officer Darren Preston and Jokanovic waited in an office at the Motspur Park training ground, to see if officers wanted to speak to them. They did not.
|>>|| No. 8208
He’s not going to see his kid again. Bet his ex is a spiteful twat who’s going to throw the book at him.
|>>|| No. 8210
Honestly someone needs to look into Moyes getting another topflight job, that is genuinely shady. Funny though, very though.
|>>|| No. 8211
According to the video it looks more like he pushed the guy away from himself and the child rather than 'throws a punch or slap' as the commentator suggests.
|>>|| No. 8212
He could have kept himself and the child away from the Lyon players by not walking down to them.
|>>|| No. 8214
>Corry Evans has issued an unreserved apology for his wife’s racist rant at Ovidiu Hategan after the Romanian referee gave a controversial penalty against the Northern Ireland international.
>A tweet from Evans’s account said: “Romanian gypsy cunt!!! And to actually think Northern Ireland has probably homed one of his smelly relatives!! Ungrateful twat!! Anyway onwards and upwards. #GAWA”. Evans’s tweet has been deleted and her account was briefly deactivated before she reappeared on Twitter to issue an apology of her own.
|>>|| No. 8215
A Sunderland fan allegedly pulled his trousers down and had poo during the home match with Reading - causing at least one fan to vomit.
Black Cats supporters took to a Sunderland fan forum after the match to reveal details of the incident, which is said to have taken place at the Stadium of Light during the defeat.
Writing online, one fan explained how the man sat in the South Stand suddenly jumped to his feet and dropped his trousers. The supporter continued: "he squatted and curled one out".
As fans sat near the man noticed what was happening, they began to move away from the area. The supporter is then said to have pulled his trousers up as stewards escorted him out of the ground.
One fan, reciting what happened, added: "A bairn (slang for a child) in the row in front saw the shit and started gagging before spewing into our row!"
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