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Rio Ferdinand: less police will have a “massive impact”

rio speaks out

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has always been known for his social commentary away from the football pitch.  Most recently his outspokenness over the problem of violent crime and gang culture among young people has led to concerned expressions over cuts to the Police budget.

The Metropolitan Police is now facing a deficit of nearly £470 million and it is expected that there will be a reduction of the number of officers on the streets.  According to sources there will be 900 fewer officers on London’s streets this financial year. Continue reading

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The wealth of nations and London 2012

Delhi 2010 - lessons for 2012?

Rupa Jha on BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents has been looking into the Commonwealth Games taking place in New Delhi next month.

India saddles new and old worlds – a booming economy and an information Technology hub alongside extreme poverty. All this against, what some might argue is an unsustainably rising population. Continue reading

FIFA ignores Russian racism as they assess World Cup bid

Racist Russian football fans

Russia has defended itself against the accusation that it has failed to tackle serious racism in football and wider society.

Recent controversy in a league game where Lokomotiv Moscow fans celebrated Nigerian Peter Odemwingie’s sale in the transfer window with a banner showing a banana and the message: “Thanks West Brom” have raised further concerns about racism in Russia. Continue reading

Black communites call for Russian World Cup bid to be opposed due to rampant racism

Odemwingie: targeted with racial abuse

Russia 2018 World Cup bid was at the centre of a growing race controversy as the scale of racism and racist attacks in the former Soviet Union threatened to derail their bid to host the World Cup.

In May 2006 Amnesty International reported that racism in Russia was ‘”out of control”. Continue reading

Tebbit’s cricket test or just modern Britain?

Ansar: supporting England

Mohammed Ansar defied his Asian friends during a recent cricket match, and joined the England fans in a match against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

The situation was felt to be so unusual that the Asian Today newspaper ran a big story on Mohammed Ansar. The British born cricket fan simply stated that England is him home, so ‘why wouldn’t I support the team’. Continue reading

Racism charge hits Indian Games Organising Committee

ICGOC facing racism allegations

Stumbling through a minefield of allegations and controversies, the Indian Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (ICGOC) has been hit with another, very serious, allegation: racism.

Malaysian experts hired by the ICGOC in various roles, from press operations to venue and sports management, have alleged that they are being treated as second class citizens compared to those hired from Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and even Singapore. Continue reading

They left, they conquered, they returned heroes

Photograph: John Giles/PA

Ennis: Going for 2012 gold

Double gold medallist Mo Farah and, gold medallist Jessica Ennis were clearly the highlights of a very successful Team GB in this years European Athletics.

They along, with the GB team, come back to the UK today as heroes conquering the very best in Europe with a clear message: next stop London 2012. Continue reading