Mark was so highly regarded that when he was injured in one game he was told to report to Maine Road, City’s old ground, to be seen by the first-team medical staff, waiting in the treatment room with Joe Corrigan and Dennis Tueart, two of the greatest players ever to wear the club’s colours. Blue Star helped to nurture a generation of City stars – David White, Paul Lake, Steve Redmond, Ian Brightwell, Andy Hinchcliffe, Garry Flitcroft and several others – and Mark, by common consensus, had all the attributes to join the list. “He even used to score goals direct from corners,” one friend says. “It was his party trick – at least, until everyone got wise to it and started putting an extra man on the post. But that was Mark. He was an incredible footballer.” … [Read more...] about Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?
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Denying entry to foreign students based on political beliefs or ethnic heritage is an attack on academic freedom. As professors who are committed to academic freedom, and as humans who reject all forms of racial profiling, we are calling on the Israeli authorities to permit Lara Alqasem to enter Israel and pursue her studies. … [Read more...] about Israel must lift its bar on US student Lara Alqasem
The Anti-Defamation League said members of The Base and other white supremacist groups have frequently posted online messages advocating for 'accelerationism,' a fringe philosophy in which far-right extremists 'have assigned to their desire to hasten the collapse of society as we know it.' … [Read more...] about Members of white supremacist group The Base caught on hidden camera ‘saying they hoped violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia would start a full-blown civil war’
Ashley is said to have been angered and frustrated by the persistent briefings from sources close to Staveley since he publicly put Newcastle up for sale in mid-October. Staveley was involved in 2008 in helping Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi to buy Manchester City, so her appearance at St James’ Park, and briefings that she has made offers, have excited visions of a similar transformation in Newcastle’s fortunes. … [Read more...] about Mike Ashley says there is no Newcastle deal with Staveley: ‘It’s been a waste of time’
Nevertheless, £380m, if that is what Ashley is looking for, would be a gain of £117m on the £263m outlay on the club and loans. Ashley has said that when he floated Sports Direct, which he wheeled and dealed to high-street dominance with relentless cost-control including widespread use of zero-hours contracts, he did not know what to do with his new fortune. His early drinking and sitting with supporters, and the collection of friends and associates running the club, suggested he bought the club for rich man’s fun, but Kevin Keegan’s exasperated walkout in 2008, relegation the following season and a bitter backlash drained the joy out of it. … [Read more...] about Newcastle United up for sale – but is Mike Ashley asking too high a price?