Since 2017, FIFA has required all member associations to implement a "three-step procedure" in the event of a racist incident: First, the referee is to interrupt the game and ask the stadium announcer to make an announcement calling for the verbal abuse to stop. In the event that it continues, he is to send the teams to their dressing rooms. If this does not produce the desired result either, he is to call off the match entirely. Do you think that the fans in the stands would simply accept a game being abandoned? … [Read more...] about Racism expert Gerd Wagner: The precedent of abandoning a match needs to be set
Football unites racism divides
The manager in the opposing dugout when United take on Tottenham on Monday has still not won a thing, though a theory is gaining traction that an ideal candidate has been overlooked all along. Moyes had not won anything either when United appointed him in 2013, yet by that point, even though communicating through an interpreter, Mauricio Pochettino had begun to make a name for himself at Southampton, both for an attacking brand of football and a willingness to trust young players. … [Read more...] about Manchester United must wish they had gone for Mauricio Pochettino
Matic overran the ball to give Brugge a goal-kick. Mignolet took this quickly, hitting a long delivery through the middle. This was collected by Bonaventure who held off Williams and calmly lobbed the advancing Romero. United immediately claimed to Aleksei Kulbakov that Mignolet had hit a moving ball but despite VAR being in use from this round on, the referee was unmoved. … [Read more...] about Anthony Martial puts Manchester United in driving seat against Brugge
In stark contrast, a cold, wet Thursday night in Wolverhampton might not be as appealing for the discerning tourist, but try telling that to supporters of Espanyol. Enjoying their first taste of European football for 13 years, they take on Wolves, for whom this season’s adventures on the continent are also a novelty to be savoured. “Yes, the fans are enjoying the trip with us and we want more of this atmosphere at Molineux,” said Nuno Espírito Santo, as a gaggle of excitable Spaniards wandered past on their way to explore the myriad delights of the Wulfrun Shopping Centre. … [Read more...] about One of European football’s most pleasantly genteel experiences
Every player in the Manchester City dressing room will now want to win the Champions League more than anything. They have won the Premier League title two years in a row, some of them also under Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, they have won FA and League Cups, and for the past few years it’s all about winning in Europe. You can’t spend years ensuring that ambition has soaked deep into every player and then expect them to lose it overnight. For every one of them, a season spent without winning the Champions League is a season wasted. And some of them don’t have so much time to waste. … [Read more...] about Time passes fast in football, so will Manchester City players want to stay?