Two weeks ago, Darmstadt and Iceland midfielder Victor Palsson gave an emotional interview. The 29-year-old talked about grief after the death of his mother, including crying in front of his 3-year-old son and losing 8 kilos (17.6 pounds) during what he described as a dark time. Palsson's readiness to talk openly about topics that are rarely public knowledge in football speaks to the tools he has developed and how much more open the world is becoming about mental health . The question is: has professional football done just as much development as he has? "In professional sport, it is often stated that it's important to always be strong and keep going… It has to be okay and accepted to have mental struggles and to ask for help," Palsson said in his interview on Darmstadt's website. During the pandemic, mental health has become a more prominent topic for many areas of society. "With such topics, we are all the same," sports psychologist Dr. Thorsten Leber told DW. … [Read more...] about Does football care about mental health?
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THREE Georgia men were charged with federal hate crimes in the attempted kidnapping and death of Ahmaud Arbery. A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia indicted the three men on hate crimes and charged two of them with separate counts of using firearms during Arbery's attempted kidnapping. Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and their friend William "Roddie" Bryan, 51, were charged each with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping. Travis, 35, and his father, 65, were charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Travis even discharged his. The first two counts allege each defendant used force and the threat of force to intimidate Arbery and interfere with his right to use a public street due to his race. Count One of the indictment alleges that both McMichaels armed themselves with firearms solely because Arbery was running on a public … [Read more...] about Ahmaud Arbery shooting – Travis McMichael, 35, charged with federal hate crime along with father and friend
THE Premier League has been rocked after members of its 'Big Six' declared their intent to join a European Super League. Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are all involved in the plot, which has been blasted by Gary Neville as "criminal" . Fans will be keen to know what is being laid out, how it would work and the impact any breakaway would have. SunSport explains the plans, as they stand - and the hurdles that have to be overcome: What is the European Super League? A 20-team breakaway league with matches to be played midweek and an end of season play-off to determine the winners, with a provisional kick-off from the start of the 2022-23 season. In addition to the 15 founding clubs, who cannot be relegated from the closed-shop elite, five clubs will be entitled to qualify each season. All matches will be played in midweek slots, with the clubs insistent they will be able to continue to play in their domestic leagues and “preserve … [Read more...] about What is the European Super League, which clubs have signed up, how will it work & will Champions League still exist?
THE copper slashed in the face with a bottle during the chaos at a protest by Manchester United fans is "incredibly lucky " to have not lost sight in his eye, Greater Manchester Police Federation said. The police constable, with around 20 years service under his belt, suffered a "significant" slash wound to his face during Sunday's demonstration at Old Trafford. The unidentified officer remains unnamed by the Federation - which represents the force's rank-and-file - but they did confirm he is in "lots of pain" and will need a considerable period off work to recover. The largely peaceful protest spilled into incidences of violence, with Greater Manchester Police confirming two officers were injured - explaining one had been "attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face, requiring emergency hospital treatment". An estimated 10,000 fans gathered outside the Theatre of Dreams in protest of the club's owners, the Glazer family, resulting in the … [Read more...] about Man Utd protest: Policeman ‘lucky not to lose his sight’ as he was slashed in the face with bottle at Old Trafford riot
Fans of Chelsea and Manchester City should not travel to Turkey for the Champions League final, the transport secretary has said. Speaking as it was announced that Turkey has been added to England's COVID-19 travel red list, Grant Shapps said the Football Association was in talks with UEFA over the venue for the match. The final is currently scheduled to be played in Istanbul on Saturday, 29 May. Mr Shapps said the UK is open to hosting the game, but stressed it was a decision for European football's governing body. "I'm afraid we are having to put Turkey on the red list," Mr Shapps told a Downing Street news conference. Advertisement "This will have a number of ramifications. First of all, it does mean with regards to the Champions League, fans should not travel to Turkey. "The FA are in discussions with UEFA on this. We are very open to hosting the final but it is ultimately a decision for UEFA. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: More … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Doubts over venue for Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City as Turkey added to red list