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Mesut Ozil explains why he doesn’t sing national anthem

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Mesut Ozil of Germany during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Mesut Ozil spoke in June about why he doesn’t sing Germany’s national anthem before matches.

Usmanov company calls for changes to hate speech legislation in Russia

Uzbek-born Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov attends a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow September 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHEMETOV
Mail.ru, a company co-owned by Alisher Usmanov, has called for a change to Russia’s hate-speech legislation and amnesty for those already convicted under the law ‘unjustly’.

Mesut Ozil gets amazing support from Turkish club

Contrary to how many people connected to the German national team have reacted to Mesut Ozil’s claims of institutional racism, players from the Turkish club Malatyaspor wore tshirts to show their support for the Arsenal man.

Manuel Neuer backs Ozil’s decision to quit Germany

ASCONA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 25: Mesut Oezil (L) and Manuel Neuer with their new Adidas football boots from the new Mercury Pack, which were hand delivered by a skydive team on May 25, 2016 in Ascona, Switzerland. During UEFA Euro 2016, Thomas Müller will wear the X16+ PURECHAOS, Bastian Schweinsteiger will wear the X16, Mesut Özil will wear the ACE 16+ PURECONTROL, whilst Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer will wear the ACE 16. The players will debut their boots during their match against Hungary on June 4. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images For Adidas)
Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, has backed Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from the German national team.

Ozil’s agent blamed for his problems in ridiculous claims by Bayern...

MIAMI, FL - JULY 29: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern Muenchen, addresses a news conference during the last day of the FC Bayern AUDI Summer Tour on July 29, 2018 at Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich’s CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has blamed Mesut Ozil’s agent for fabricating claims of racism as he makes himself look and sound completely ridiculous.

45-minute read: Mesut Ozil – A casualty of a divided world

Anyone with an outward eye doesn't need the vilification and subsequent international retirement of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to remind them of how polarised opinions have changed our political landscape across the western world.

Turkey hails Mesut Ozil’s statement attacking DFB

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Mesut Oezil of Germany looks dejected following his sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images, )
Turkish ministers reacted positively to the news that Mesut Ozil would no longer play for Germany as long as he felt subjected to racism. The...

Mesut Ozil’s reaction to German racism should be applauded

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Mesut Oezil of Germany looks dejected following his sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images, )
Mesut Ozil has announced that he will no longer play for the German national team, citing racism as the main reason. I look at why he's right to make this massive move.

Pussy Riot members jailed for World Cup protest

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Pitch invaders are chased by security staff during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)
Four members of Pussy Riot who invaded the pitch during the World Cup final on Sunday have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Long read: Explaining where accusations of England World Cup arrogance come...

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: An England fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
After crashing out of the World Cup, England have faced global accusations of arrogance but England fans can't quite grasp why that might be. Let me try to explain it...

Pussy Riot at the World Cup as Kylian Mbappe approves

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Pitch invaders are chased by security staff during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)
The World Cup was disrupted on Sunday afternoon as activist group, Pussy Riot, invaded the pitch, but do you know who they are and what they were protesting?

Granit Xhaka in another Swiss controversy

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka’s nationality is once again causing problems.

Arsenal senior player to attend Rwanda gorilla naming ceremony

Male mountain Gorillas, members of the Agashya family, are pictured in the Sabyinyo Mountains of Rwanda on December 27, 2014. Rwanda, well known for mountain gorillas an endangered species found only in the border areas between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hosted more than a million visitors between 2006-13, generating from the national parks alone $75m (£44m) in tourism revenue in that time; 85% of this is from trekkers who come to see some of the country's 500 gorillas. AFP PHOTO/Ivan LIEMAN
Rwanda expect Arsenal to send a first-team player to the country for their annual gorilla-naming ceremony known locally as ‘Kwita Izina’

Ozil hypocrisy in full swing as football embraces Putin

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Mesut Ozil of Germany during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
As Mesut Ozil trudged off the pitch against South Korea, a few fans hurled insults in his direction. He’d just been part of the first ever German team to crash out in the group stages of a World Cup and he knew, if the last few weeks had anything to go by, that his life was about to get worse.

Granit Xhaka is not happy

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has hit out at the Swiss FA's Secretary General after he ‘disappointed dual citizens’ with recent comments claiming that players should have to drop their second country to represent Switzerland.

Albanian Prime Minister opens bank account to help Arsenal star

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks during a meeting on Western Balkans in Paris on May 29, 2018. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has opened a bank account so that he can contribute to the fines picked up by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

It’s not a problem with women’s voices, it’s a problem with...

Jason Cundy has said ‘sorry’ for being a misogynist live on TV but we are well within our rights to ask is he apologising for his comments or the backlash they caused and why do men just not get the problem?

Arsenal new boy comes to the defence of Granit Xhaka

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Stephan Lichtsteiner has defended Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal man celebrated his Switzerland screamer with a double-headed eagle gesture aimed at the Serbian fans.

Podcast: Female pundits show up disgraceful standards of commentary we’ve accepted...

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Alex Scott of Arsenal Ladies during the WSL Continental Cup Final between Arsenal Women and Manchester City Ladies at Adams Park on March 14, 2018 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
It will have escaped nobody’s attention that Alex Scott and Eni Aluko are female pundits offering their opinions at the World Cup. In this mini-pod, Lee Hurley briefly discusses the problems women face in the footballing world while asking why we tolerate the awful standards delivered by male pundits in the game.

Arsenal stars join campaign to welcome refugees to UK

Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, and Petr Cech have all joined forces with Freedom from Torture’s campaign to mark Refugee Week that runs until 24th June.

Female pundits show up disgraceful standards of commentary we’ve accepted for...

It will have escaped nobody’s attention that Alex Scott and Eni Aluko are female pundits offering their opinions at the World Cup.

Another politician gets involved in Mesut Ozil row

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany talks to his palyer Mesut Oezil during the Germany training session ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at CSKA Sports Base on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Turkish sports minister, Osman Bak, has hit out at the way Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan have been treated since they met with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

FIFA open proceedings against Mexico for homophobic chants

TOPSHOT - A Mexico's fan waves a Mexican national flag as he cheers prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS
Mexico are facing punishment from FIFA for the homophobic chanting of their fans at the World Cup in Russia

Qatar takes UAE to human rights court

The government of Qatar is taking the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Court of Justice over what it claims are human rights violations by the government that owns Emirates Airlines.

Angela Merkel defends 'thoughtless' Arsenal and Manchester City stars

ERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: Germanys Federal President Joachim Gauck (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel awards Mesut Oezil of the German national football team with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt for winning the FIFA World Cup 2014 title during the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt Award Ceremony at Schloss Bellevue Palace on November 10, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called for the press and public to ‘show more understanding’ over Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s meeting with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Why outrage over Arsenal’s deal with Rwanda but not with Emirates?

There has been a lot of talk over the past week or so about Arsenal’s sleeve sponsorship deal with Rwanda yet the moral outrage from some journalists that greeted news of the arrangement has been conspicuously lacking in relation to deals with the likes of Emirates, Etihad, or Roman Abramovich.

Rwanda hits back after Arsenal deal criticism

Rwanda have hit back after criticism of their sponsorship deal with Arsenal.

Dutch MPs call for enquiry into Arsenal deal as UK government...

KIGALI, RWANDA - APRIL 07: Rwandan President Paul Kagame addresses the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his country's genocide at Amahoro Stadium April 7, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Tens of thousands of Rwandans joined with leaders from around the world at the stadium to remember the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Dutch MPs have called for an enquiry into Arsenal’s controversial sleeve sponsorship deal with Rwanda, asking how the country, that receives so much in foreign aid, can afford to spend £30m on advertising with the Gunners.

German paper asks if Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan should be...

German newspaper, Morgenpost, have a huge, front page story, asking if Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan should be dropped from the German squad ahead of the World Cup after meeting with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

German FA hit out at Mesut Ozil for being used in...

The German FA have made it known that they are not pleased with Mesut Ozil for posing with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘very happy’ with changing events

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken to Facebook to declare how happy he is with the events taking place in Armenia at present.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United lead way on gender pay...

Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United all pay their average female staff more than avergae male members of staff but they are in the minority when it comes to football clubs.

Journalist: 23% gender pay gap at FA no problem as it’s...

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn speaks at a press conference as Gareth Southgate is unveiled as the new England manager at Wembley Stadium on December 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Charles Sale, writing in Friday’s Daily Mail, believes the gender pay gap at the FA, which currently stands at 23.2 per cent is not something they should be worried about because it’s less than the 31 per cent at the Lawn Tennis Association. 

ITV presenter ‘ashamed’ of Arsenal fans’ abusive chants

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Robert Peston speaks during the Sport Industry NextGen Awards on February 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
ITV presenter, and Arsenal fan, Robert Peston, says he has been left feeling ‘ashamed’ after hearing Arsenal fans chanting anti-Semitic songs before the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday

Should Arsenal fans be worried about being funded by Emirates?

In December, Nick Cohen wrote a piece for The Guardian saying football fans should be asking the hard questions about the money behind leading clubs. To do that, let's look at Arsenal's main sponsor, Emirates.

Arsenal make 400 Grenfell Tower firefighters guests of honour at Emirates...

Arsenal have made 400 firefighters who battled the horrific Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June guests of honour for their Emirates Cup clashes against Benfica and Sevilla.

Arsenal in search of new shirt sponsors despite two years left...

Arsenal have reportedly already begun their search for a new shirt sponsor even though they have two years left on their current deal with Emirates.

Arsenal fans display anti-Stan Kroenke banners at the Emirates

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Following the news that Alisher Usmanov had a £1bn bid to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke rejected recently, Gooners made their feelings on their American owner known during the Gunners' 3-1 win over Everton.

'Controversial' banner to be displayed during Arsenal v Everton

A Jeremy Corbyn banner, which made headlines after featuring during Liverpool's draw with Southampton this month, is set to make another appearance during this weekend's final round of Premier League fixtures.

UEFA warn US Trump immigration policy ‘will not help’ World Cup...

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UEFA’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, has warned the United States that their bid to host the 2026 World Cup would be affected by Donald Trump’s travel restrictions.