Barcelona player backed by banana-eating stars

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Stars from the world of football have backed Barcelona’s Dani Alves after he reacted to having a banana thrown at him by peeling it and taking a bite.

The racist taunt occurred as the Brazilian was about to take a corner during Sunday’s 3-2 win at Villarreal.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero posted a photo of him with Brazilian female player Marta eating bananas in support.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter tweeted:  “What Alves tolerated is an outrage. Will be zero ...

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Met devastated by Lawrence review

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The head of the Metropolitan Police has said a damning report, which found officers had spied on the family of the murdered black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, is devastating for his force.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told the London Evening Standard he had to ensure trust in the police was restored.

The review has prompted a public inquiry into undercover policing.

Lord Condon, Met commissioner in 1993, said he did not authorise or know of “any action by any undercover officer”.

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Nicolas Anelka: FA charges West Brom striker over gesture

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is facing a minimum five-match ban if found guilty of a Football Association charge for making a “quenelle” gesture.

Anelka made the sign, described as an inverted Nazi salute, after scoring against West Ham on 28 December.

West Brom sponsor Zoopla will end their sponsorship of the club at the end of the season because of Anelka’s gesture.

What is a quenelle gesture?

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Mandela death: South Africa and world mourn

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South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Crowds paid tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto throughout the night.

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Tottenham fans asked about anti-semitic chants

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Tottenham Hotspur are sending out a questionnaire to fans about controversial chanting at their matches, seen by many as offensive and anti-semitic.

The club has a strong Jewish following and has been the target of abuse from opposition fans, but some Tottenham supporters use the terms “Yid”, “Yid Army” or “Yiddos” themselves.

Ellie Kershaw, board member for Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust says the word has been reclaimed by fans however Ivor Baddiel, the writer and producer of a campaign film The Y-Word ...

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Anti-Semitism ‘on the rise’ say Europe’s Jews

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Many Jews in Europe say anti-Semitism is increasing, particularly on the internet, according to a survey by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

The survey of 5,847 Jewish people said 66% of those who responded considered anti-Semitism to be a problem.

Three out of four respondents, 76%, believed anti-Semitism had increased over the past five years.

The survey was carried out in 2012 in eight countries which are home to about 90% of the EU’s ...

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Black people ‘more likely’ to be arrested

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Black people are three times more likely to be arrested than white people, Ministry of Justice figures for England and Wales show.

People of mixed ethnicity are twice as likely as white people to be detained.

Black suspects made up 8.3% of the total number of arrests in 2011-12. Black people account for 3.1% of people aged over 10 in England and Wales.

White suspects made up 79.5% of arrests during this time – out of a population of 87.1%.

Meanwhile, people of mixed ...

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Police ‘failing to investigate anti-Muslim abuse’

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The police are failing to investigate hundreds of cases of anti-Muslim hate messages on the internet, according to a government-funded monitoring group.

Tell Mama, which records anti-Muslim attacks, says it recorded 1,432 cases of abuse in the last 22 months.

But Tell Mama has told the BBC it has only had a response from the police regarding 70 cases.

The Association of Chief Police Officers said it was working to address the concerns expressed by Tell Mama.

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The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo

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In 1996, a black teenager protected a white man from an angry mob who thought he supported the racist Ku Klux Klan. It was an act of extraordinary courage and kindness – and is still inspiring people today.

Keshia Thomas was 18 when the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist organisation, held a rally in her home town in Michigan.

Liberal, progressive and multicultural, Ann Arbor was an unusual place for the KKK to choose, and hundreds of people gathered to ...

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Black players may boycott 2018 Russia World Cup

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Black players might boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia unless the country tackles racism in football, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has suggested.

“If we aren’t confident at the World Cup, coming to Russia, we don’t come,” the Ivorian midfielder was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.


“If all the players said they are not going, there wouldn’t be a World Cup, or if there was it would be meaningless”

Piara PowarAnti-racism campaigner

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Devout Christian who is refusing to work on Sundays

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A devout Christian who lost her job after refusing to work on Sunday is mounting a fresh court appeal this week.

Celestina Mba, 58, lost a previous case after a judge ruled that not all Christians observed the Sabbath as religious.

But she is now taking her case to the Court of Appeal and if successful could establish the right of Christians to refuse to work on a Sunday.

Mba, a children’s care worker, will argue that every employer has a duty to ...

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Italian gymnast sparks fury with racist jibe

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An Italian gymnast has provoked outrage after claiming the sport’s first black world champion only won because of her skin colour.

American Simone Biles, 16, made gymnastic history when she became the new all-round world champion on Friday.

But moments after Carlotta Ferlito finished fifth, she told a journalist that she had joked with  teammate Vanessa Ferrari, who come fourth, that they should paint themselves black next time to stand a chance of winning.

The 18-year-old told the interviewer: ‘I told Vanny ...

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Many young Britons do not trust Muslims

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Some 27% of the thousand 18 to 24-year-olds questioned said they did not trust them, while fewer than three in 10 (29%) thought Muslims were doing enough to tackle extremism in their communities.

A similar proportion of the young people polled (28%) said the country would be better off with fewer Muslims and almost half (44%) felt Muslims did not share the same values as everyone else.

The BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat survey was carried out by the pollsters Comres in June after ...

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RAF nurse Wendy Williams wins sexism tribunal

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The highest ranking nurse in the Royal Air Force has won a sex discrimination case against the Ministry

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Mixed race boy, two, suffers broken bone after racist attack

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A toddler has been left with a broken collar bone after he and his mother were attacked in broad daylight because the little boy appeared to be mixed race.

The two-year-old was tipped out of his pushchair and injured when a black man started hurling racist abuse and then went for his 30-year-old mother at Highams Park railway station in east London.

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HALF of all Britain’s mosques have been attacked

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About half of all mosques and Muslim centres  in Britain have been subjected to Islamophobic attacks since 9/11, it has been  revealed.

The figures, from the Islamophobia  watchdog Tell Mama, found that between 40  and 60 per cent of mosques  and other Islamic centres – about 700 – have been  targeted in Britain since the 2001 attack on New York’s World Trade Center.

It comes as English  Defence League supporters prepare to gather in Woolwich at the scene of Drummer  Lee ...

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Newcastle to SELL Cisse if his religion forbids him from logo

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Newcastle United may end up selling £8million  striker Papiss Cisse to avert the crisis that is threatening  to derail their  sponsorship deal with money lenders Wonga.

Cisse informed the club several weeks  ago  that he does not want to wear the Wonga.com branding on Newcastle  United’s  shirts next season because of his beliefs as a Muslim.

Newcastle managing director Derek  Llambias  will wait until Cisse returns from World Cup duty with Senegal  so the pair can  sit down to discuss the delicate ...

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Map shows world’s ‘most racist’ countries

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Britain is one of the most racially tolerant  countries on the planet, a survey claims.

The  global social attitudes study claims that  the most racially intolerant populations are all in the developing world, with  Bangladesh, Jordan and India in the top five.

By contrast, the study of 80 countries over  three decades found Western countries were most accepting of other cultures with Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia  more tolerant than anywhere else.

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Racism in football: Fifa taskforce details to be revealed

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Fifa will reveal further details on Thursday of the role and membership of its anti-racism taskforce.

The taskforce, announced last month, is expected to unveil a new sanctions regime and education programme in time for Fifa’s annual congress in May.

Potential members include experts on far-right groups in eastern Europe.

The move is part of a drive by football’s governing body to demonstrate it is taking discrimination in the game seriously.

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Katidis banned from representing Greece after celebrating goal with ‘Nazi salute’

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AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has  been banned from all Greek national teams for life for making a Nazi salute on  the pitch.

The Hellenic Football Federation announced  the punishment in a statement today, saying the action was ‘a profound insult to  all victims of Nazi atrocities’ and they condemned it ‘unequivocally and  categorically’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2294736/Nazi-salute-goal-celebration-Giorgos-Katidis-banned-

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