Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

An open letter from LGBTQ+ people and allies in football

A collective of LGBT+ people and allies with roles in football and across sport have come together to sign an open letter, explaining why this ongoing media coverage is not helping to make the game more inclusive.
Kiko Casilla of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Reading at Elland Road on February 22, 2020 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa defends decision to make Casilla captain despite racism ban

Leeds' goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been banned for eight games after being found guilty of using the N-word at Charlton striker, Jonathan Leko.

Troy Deeney warning to family is no laughing matter

Troy Deeney has apologised to his family in advance that he will take Watford’s relegation out on them at home by smashing objects and throwing some stuff around and this is NOT OK!

UAE must be held accountable for torture and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and...

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) must be held accountable for the torture and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and activists in prisons and secret detention centres, say four human rights groups on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Arsenal and Manchester United owners refuse to apologise

Arsenal and Manchester United's American owners have refused to apologise for their part in voting for the NFL to ban players taking a knee to protest racial injustice.
Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 16, 2020.

Shirt names changed as Bernd Leno calls for Black Lives Matters solidarity

Bernd Leno has added his call to the growing number of voices who want to see Premier League players 'take a knee' in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Nigeria's fans hold a banner reading "World Unites Against Boko Haram" before the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO

Boko Haram killed both parents but 17yo winger using faith and Mesut Ozil to...

Nur Mohammed suffered the devastating loss of both his parents at the hands of Boko Haram but says it was football that helped console him while Mesut Ozil serves as his role model.
DENVER, CO - JUNE 06: Denver Broncos players join people protesting the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Special episode: The Premier League, pandemic and Black Lives Matter

Matthew is joined by Paul and special guest, journalist Dimitris Kouimtsidis from The Olive Press, to talk the return of the Premier League, wage reductions and what we've seen elsewhere in Europe. Plus we talk Black Lives Matter, protests and sport, and discuss what best to do about Auba's contract.
TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus gestures during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Turin, . (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

How many accusations do we need before we stop worshiping Ronaldo?

Rape. It’s a tough subject that most people would rather avoid talking about, but we must and why Ronaldo is no hero

Authors and Nobel laureates call on UAE to free human rights defenders

Over 60 civil society organisations, writers, personalities and Nobel laureates have appealed to the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to free detained human rights defenders, during the Hay Festival Abu Dhabi, which ran from 25 to 28 February 2020.
Manchester United's English defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka (L) vies with Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 17, 2020.

Chelsea remove Manchester United fans for homophobic chanting

Chelsea ejected some Manchester United fans for singing 'that' Ashley Cole chant on Monday night.
Craig Ramage of Notts County in action during the Nationwide League Division Two match against Millwall at Meadow Lane in Nottingham, England. Millwall won the match 4-3. Picture by Mike Finn-Kelsey.

BBC sack pundit for racist comment

The BBC have sacked former Derby County player, Craig Ramage, after he criticised the Ram's 'young black lads' on a local radio station.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Referee Robert Madley gestures during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sacked referee to return despite being sacked for mocking disabled person

Bobby Madley is set for a return to refereeing in England, despite being sacked by PGMOL for mocking a disabled person.

Arsenal fans urged to support Manchester City supporters foodbank this weekend

As the UK Brexits because it can apparently do better on its own, groups of football supporters are trying to bridge rivalries to feed those who are driven to foodbanks because of the conditions in this country.

Mark Sampson racism charge dropped

An FA charge against Mark Sampson that he used racist language (again) has been dropped as 'unproven'.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United speaks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Manchester United cancel trip to Qatar

Manchester United have cancelled their planned winter training camp in Qatar due to rising political tensions in the area.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Referee Robert Madley gestures during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The curious case of Bobby Madley, PGMOL and their disregard for discrimination

Bobby Madley quit as a referee last summer in a move that was said to have sent 'shocks' through PGMOL, the overlords of officialdom, but the former official has broken his silence about what happened and it raises even more questions about PGMOL and what they get up to out of sight.
Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority hold placards of Arsenal's Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil during a demonstration at Beyazid square in Istanbul on December 14, 2019. - Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed on December 14, 2019 support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese lift Arsenal ban but won’t mention Mesut Ozil’s name

A Chinese streaming service has lifted their Arsenal blackout but will not mention Mesut Ozil during commentary.
Vivianne Miedema becomes War Child's newest Ambassador

Hotshot Arsenal forward becomes War Child Ambassador

Vivianne Miedema has become an Ambassador for War Child who "aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay on to support them—long after the TV cameras have gone home."
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

We all should be worried as China pressures Pro Evolution to remove Mesut Ozil

Pro Evolution Soccer will remove Mesut Ozil from their game in China as the authoritarian regime continues to throw a hissy fit over the German's tweet that dared called attention to their treatment of Uighurs within their borders.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A genearal view of Stonewall Rainbow laces branding outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal supporter explains awful reason she won't be going away again

A 3-1 win and, hopefully, the start of a new era at Arsenal, but for one long-time supporter, the evening left her "with a sick feeling in my stomach and an overwhelming sense of disillusionment with attending live football." 

Arsenal fans need to speak out and say “Not in our Name!”

Over a year ago, Nick Cohen wrote a piece for The Guardian saying football fans should be asking hard questions about the money behind leading clubs and, on Human Rights Day, those questions still need asking.

Jordi Osei-Tutu names the 3 Arsenal teammates who reached out to him after racist...

Jordi Osei-Tutu has named three Arsenal teammates as well as two other players from outside the club who reached out to him after he suffered racist abuse in pre-season with VfL Bochum.

Arsenal youngster got 5 match ban for racist abuse

An Arsenal youngster was reportedly given a five-match ban and sent on a racial education course after calling an opposition player a 'f***ing monkey'...

How did football let Sahar Khodayari set herself on fire?

Earlier this month, Sahar Khodayari set fire to herself after being sentenced to six months in prison for the 'crime' of watching a football match. I contacted Shireen Ahmed and asked her to write something for the site about what happened and why because I believe this needs to be put in front of as many people as possible. Don't look away. Please read on...
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service secure the area outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. - Dozens of British MPs have written to London's police chief to warn about a "deteriorating public order and security situation" around parliament, after Brexit supporters assailed pro-EU figures there on January 8. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Stoke, Leeds, Aston Villa, Sheffield United & Manchester City fans arrested the most

The number of hate crime incidents at football matches in England and Wales rose 47% last year with 79% of complaints race-related.

Demonstration planned for before Arsenal v Aston Villa

The International Campaign for Freedom in the UAE will hold a demonstration outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of Arsenal's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Casey Stoney manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager calls for fairer treatment ahead of Arsenal game

Manchester United's manager, Casey Stoney, has called on sponsors to treat female players the way they treat male ones and focus on their talent not their looks.

Megan Rapinoe attends Arsenal game, criticises Donld Trump’s racism

Megan Rapinoe was at Arsenal's game against Fiorentina on Saturday night and she took some time out to pose with fellow social justice warrior, Hector Bellerin, before speaking about Donald Trump's latest racist episode.

‘Say no to racism’: Jordi Osei-Tutu speaks after abuse in Bochum friendly

Jordi Osei-Tutu came through a really tough first-half in a friendly against FC St. Gallen with his head held high on Tuesday.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.

Equal at last: Dutch women's national team to be paid same as men

The Dutch women's national team will pay their players the same amount as they pay the men starting in 2023.

UEFA have ‘no regrets’ over Baku final despite letting people in free to fill...

At halftime on Wednesday UEFA threw open the gates to the Europa League final to avoid the spectacle of a half-empty stadium but their president says he has no regrets about holding the game in Baku.

Mesut Ozil’s latest actions hard to defend

Mesut Ozil looks set to be the centre of yet another storm after he had dinner with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday night.
Hector Bellerin speaking at half-time during Arsenal's clash with Newcastle United (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin shows once again why we love him so much

One of the reasons we love Hector Bellerin is his refusal to shy away from sensitive issues that affect real people in the real world and he's at it again.

Valencia will only ban racist fans for 2 years after Arsenal disgrace

The Valencia supporters who were filmed making racist gestures and Nazi salutes at the Emirates will only face a two-year ban from the club if/when they are identified.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang speaks out about racism

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken out about racism in football after Arsenal condemned the fan who racially abused Kalidou Koulibaly.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the warm up before the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal remind us why we love Hector Bellerin

Unlike many footballers, Hector Bellerin has never shied away from talking about the larger, more important issues at play in the world today and on Monday night Arsenal reminded us of why he thinks it's important footballers use their platform to exact change.

German FA make moves to help transgender fans

The German FA recently took the step of introducing unisex toilets to help ease the struggles of transgender people at their games.