Clubs must educate fans about racism – Evra

Former France defender Patrice Evra believes soccer clubs should interact with fans to educate them about racism.

This comes after Black players in the England team were subjected to online racist abuse after their Euro 2020 final loss.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the targets of the abuse after they missed spot-kicks in England’s 3-2 shootout loss to Italy after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.

The abuse drew wide condemnation from England’s captain Harry Kane, manager Gareth Southgate, royal house, religious leaders and politicians, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging social media companies to do more to tackle online abuse that “emerged from the dark spaces of the internet”.

Evra told Sky Sports that education was key to getting to grips with an old problem.

“If we don’t do something racism will always be there because it’s been there for so many years. You know we need to change and that’s why education is really important,” he said.

“I want those clubs to invest in education, to meet the fans, for the players to speak to the fans, maybe a group of fans and tell what they feel when they get abused because of their colour.

“Don’t tell me the football clubs can’t do that, or FIFA or UEFA, more meetings with the fans so they understand when they make a monkey noise when a Black player gets the ball, the way it affects them. That’s really important.”

Online abuse of players led to British soccer authorities briefly boycotting social media platforms before the Euros, while Britain is planning legislation to force tech firms to do more.

A Twitter spokesperson last week said they had removed more than 1,000 posts and permanently suspended a number of accounts, while Facebook said it too had quickly removed abusive comments.

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Man U confirm Sancho signing

Manchester United have announced the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, keeping him at the club until June 2026, with an option of a further year.

Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Jadon Sancho, subject to international clearance, keeping him at the club until June 2026, with an option of a further year.

Sancho, 21, scored 50 goals and registered 64 assists in four seasons with Borussia Dortmund. The England International was part of the squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.

Jadon Sancho said

“I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day. The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League. This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve. I am looking forward to working with the Manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said

“Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United. He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom. His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team.

“Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level. For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad. We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.”

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Son extends stay at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the contract extension of winger, Heung-Min Son.

The South Korea skipper has signed a new four-year contract with the club, which will run until 2025.

Son has scored 107 goals and contributed 64 assists in 280 appearances across all competitions ever since joining Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in August, 2015.

The 29-year-old’s stunning solo strike against Burnley in the Premier League in December, 2019 – where he ran from just outside our penalty area to score at the other end – attained worldwide acclaim, winning the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year and Premier League Goal of the Season.

He won his third Player of the Month award from the Premier League in October, 2020, and formed a lethal partnership with Harry Kane in 2020/21, their 14 goal combinations a record for a Premier League season. Both players were later named in the PFA Team of the Season.

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Rashford defends charity partnerships over profit claims

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has defended his off-field collaborations and questioned why footballers “can’t just do the right thing” for charity after claims surfaced that he has profited from his campaigning.

The England striker, 23, said on Twitter that British political magazine The Spectator was set to run a story suggesting he has “benefited commercially” from his work.

Rashford has backed several child food poverty initiatives, forcing government U-turns over free school meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by helping raise $27 million for groups tackling the issue.

“Just heard @spectator are planning to run a story on me tomorrow about how I have benefited commercially in the last 18 months,” he tweeted.

“To clarify, I don’t need to partner with brands. I partner because I want to progress the work I do off the pitch and most of any fee I would receive contributes to that.

“Last summer, 1.3m children had access to food support, through my relationship with Burberry, children have a safe place to be after school where they will be fed, following the November investment vulnerable children have safe places to go this summer holiday, and due to my relationship with Macmillan 80,000 children now have a book to call their own.

“Do I have a larger commercial appeal following the U-turns? I’m sure. But I’m also a Manchester United and England international footballer. Why has there always got to be a motive? Why can’t we just do the right thing?”

Rashford, who received free school meals himself, was honoured in the delayed 2020 queen’s birthday honours list.

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Boca Juniors players and officials charged by Police

Brazilian police have charged six Boca Juniors players and officials on Wednesday, a day after they were involved in clashes with rivals and police following their Copa Libertadores elimination by Atletico Mineiro.

Two were charged with damaging property and released after paying $574 bail each, the Minas Gerais state police said in a statement.

Four others from the Argentine club were charged with causing bodily harm and abusing authorities. They were released after “formally agreeing to appear before a judge” at a future date, the statement added.

None of the six Boca players were identified, with the club releasing the following statement:

“Boca Juniors suffered during the Copa Libertadores series against Atletico Mineiro two inexplicable wrong decisions overturning legal goals which have destroyed the spirit of the most prestigious tournament in the continent.

“Our fans, players and coaching staff have been harmed by a malicious and intentional way of utilizing the VAR technology. What happened marks an unprecedented event. It’s the first time where a team that won the two games in the series is eliminated from the competition.

“We can’t overlook the attitude of the Club Atletico Mineiro president who encouraged and incited the violence with threatening messages for several days until reaching the point of the regrettable events in which our players, coaching staff and executive management were physically harmed and detained for more than 12 hours in unfortunate conditions in order to not break the sanitary bubble.”

Boca, one of the biggest clubs in Argentina, were knocked out of the Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the CAF Champions League, on Tuesday evening at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

The match ended 0-0 and the home side won 3-1 on penalties.

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I have joined a great club – Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum has opened up on his move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) following his arrival in Paris.

Wijnaldum joined the French club on a three-year deal.

The Dutch midfielder was officially unveiled by PSG on Thursday, July 22.

Speaking with PSG TV, he discussed the new challenge in his career and the ambitions that are driving him forward.

“I am feeling great, I have joined a great club, which has excellent players in its squad. Paris is a beautiful city, with incredible supporters, I know that because I have already played against Paris in the Parc des Princes. It’s a huge day for me and my family, because it’s the beginning of a new adventure,” said Wijnaldum.

When asked what was his motivation to join PSG, he then responded by saying that: “I was at the end of my contract, several clubs contacted me. When Paris reached out to me, everything went very well, and I quickly felt the desire to join Paris Saint-Germain”.

“Mauricio Pochettino had already contacted me in the past, to try to sign me for Tottenham, so I had already talked a lot with him. The whole club made me feel that they really wanted me, that played a big part in my decision.

“The other thing is that when I was at Liverpool, we used to play with a real focus on attack, so playing to attack is a philosophy that suits me, and Paris Saint-Germain is a team that plays like that. It’s a type of football that I love and that sits well with me.”

The 30-year-old stated that winning titles is of paramount importance and he wants to help his new club to achieve exactly that.

“Winning titles is very important, it’s what we all want to achieve as a footballer. And Paris want to win, it’s a club that has progressed a lot over the years, who has played in a Champions League final and also made the final four last year. I think the project is a great one, and we are building a team to meet these objectives,” he added.

In his closing remarks, the former Liverpool man divulged that: “I can’t wait to experience the Parc des Princes as a Paris Saint-Germain player. When I played here in the Champions League with Liverpool, I was very impressed. I remember the fans never give up and support their team for the whole 90 minutes. Paris won the match 2-1, and the fans played a huge role in the match.”

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Lebo Phiri backed for big things in Turkey

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Phiri, who spent six years in Turkey, is convinced Lebogang Phiri will excel at his new Super Lig club Caykur Rizespor.

The 26-year-old recently made a switch from French side Guingamp to Turkey’s Caykur, a move Maimane Phiri believes will take his football career to another level.

According to Caykur Rizespor, Phiri, who spent four seasons at Guingamp, has signed a three-year deal. The deal will keep him at the Super Lig side until June 2024.

“I’ve followed him for quite a while and I feel he’s a perfect fit for that League. The way he plays is suited for the Turkey League,” the former Gençlerbirliği Spor Kulübü star told FARPost.

“He’s not your sklilful type of player, but he has a football brain, so I don’t think he will struggle. I think in Turkey size doesn’t matter.”

He is convinced it will help that Phiri has been plying his trade abroad for nine years, having left South Africa at a very young age in 2012.

He added that the move will grow Lebo Phiri and become better “as the Super Lig is a competitive, tough League”.

“I know things have changed a bit from the time I was there, but I think the important thing is to just learn the language as quickly as possible so he can understand.

“He is used to the weather in Europe. He just needs to learn the language fast,” said the 47-year-old Phiri, who played in Turkey between 1996 and 2002.

The former Bidvest Wits attacking midfielder was sold to Danish side Brondby in 2012. He spent five seasons in Denmark before making his move to French Ligue 1 in 2017.

His Bafana debut came in 2015, and he has gone on to represent the national team eight times, notching two goals in the process.

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OFFICIAL: Ayew unveiled by Al Sadd

Qatari giants Al Sadd have officially unveiled Andre Ayew.

Ayew has signed a two-year deal with an option to extend for another year.

The midfielder will be eager to continue where he left off last season with Swansea City in the English Championship. Ayew finished as the club’s top goal scorer with 17 goals to his name in the regular season.

He joined Swansea for a second spell in January 2018 as the club sought to win a relegation fight.

After several attempts to get the club promoted back to the Premier League, Ayew opted against renewing his contract with the Swans last month.

Several clubs in the Premier League and around Europe were reportedly interested in the 31-year-old, but he decided to move to the Asian side, who have offered him a bumper deal. The former Olympique Marseille star will earn around $200, 000 (R2.9-million) per week.

Ayew’s father Abedi Pele played for Al Sadd during his playing days and his son ‘Dede’ is now following in his great father’s footsteps.

It’s been an eventful year for Ayew who was named as the captain of the Ghana national team after the removal of Asamoah Gyan.

He helped the Black Stars qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and also helped Swansea reach the final of the promotion play-offs, but the Jack Army lost to Brentford who got prompted.

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Chauke on why he decided to join Baroka

Newly signed Baroka striker, Decide Chauke, has vowed to reward Chairman of the club Khurishi Mphahlele for showing faith in him and giving him an opportunity to realise his dream.

Chauke joined Bakgaga on a three-year deal from GladAfrica Championship side TS Sporting in May.

The 25-year-old who impressed Baroka after scoring 29 goals in all competitions in his three seasons at the Mpumalanga club says he hopes his experience in the first division will help him adjust at the top level.

“They (Baroka) have been making enquires about me for a long time and I have also been looking to join a Premier Division club that will help me grow,” Chauke told FARPost.

“What I know is that I will continue to work hard and repay their faith in me when I am given a chance. I learnt a lot when I was playing in the GladAfrica until now when I got my opportunity to go to Baroka.

“I am grateful to the Chairman for giving me this huge opportunity to be part of his team. It’s rare for a club Chairman to give young people an opportunity like this. He has been very supportive of me since I arrived at this club and that has made me feel at home,” added Chauke.

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Pogba rejects new Man Utd contract

Manchester United will look to offload Paul Pogba this summer after the Frenchman rejected the offer of a new contract worth £50m.

Pogba’s future has never been far from the back pages since re-joining United in 2016, with Real Madrid continually expressing their interest in the midfielder.

With just one year remaining on his current deal, United had hoped to tie Pogba down to a lucrative new contract to avoid the risk of losing him for free next year – but reports claim that they’ll look to sell him this summer after he rejected their latest £350,000-per-week offer.

News of Pogba’s possible availability has alerted the attention of Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 outfit ready to table a £45m bid – £5m short of the Premier League outfit’s £50m valuation.

While the figure represents a huge loss on the £89m the Red Devils shelled out on Pogba five years ago, it seems they’ve come to terms with the fact they’re going to have to offload the World Cup winner for a cut-price fee to avoid potentially losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

Given Real Madrid’s public admiration of the 28-year-old it would be no surprise to see them try to thrash out a deal for Pogba.

However, Los Blancos’ ongoing financial woes mean they’re unlikely to be able to stump up the sort of cash required to tempt United into selling – indeed, they’ve encountered similar problems in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

That being said, if Real were to reignite their interest in Pogba, there’s the possibility that a deal involving Raphael Varane could be done. United are in advanced talks for the Frenchman, although conflicting reports continue to emerge over the status of a transfer. Spanish media suggests the two clubs remain apart in valuation, while elements of the British press have noted a five-year contract has already been agreed.

90min has been informed that United are ‘hopeful and excited’ of concluding a move.

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