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Guardian chief sports correspondent

EOC will not challenge Azerbaijan’s rights record before European Games

theguardian.com — In response to growing concerns from human rights groups about a clampdown on freedom of speech in Azerbaijan ahead of the inaugural European Games, the European Olympic Committees has insisted it is no position to "pass judgment on the legal or political processes of a sovereign nation".

Labour pledges to put football fans on club boards if it wins election

theguardian.com — Labour has vowed to legislate within the first 100 days of a new government to "change the way football is run", installing fan representatives in boardrooms and giving supporters the opportunity to buy shares if their club changes hands.

Josh Meekings episode shows football it’s time to embrace video technology

theguardian.com — Alan Muir must have had an even more uncomfortable few days than Josh Meekings. It was Muir who looked on impassively from no more than five feet away as the ball struck the Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Meekings on the hand and denied Celtic a goal that would have put them 2-0 up in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

London Marathon 2015: why I’m running, by Guardian writers and staff

theguardian.com — Chief sports correspondent Chief sports correspondent It has become something of an annual tradition. On a weekend in April we wake to the sound of helicopters overhead, wander bleary-eyed to the top of the road and feel a surge of emotion as the hordes stream past.

GB squad for Baku European Games named as human rights concerns rise

theguardian.com — The British Olympic Association has announced a 153-strong squad for the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan and BT Sport has announced it will televise the event. But the announcements come against a backdrop of growing concern over an intensifying clampdown on freedom of speech and human rights by the regime led by the president, Ilham Aliyev, in the lead-up to the opening ceremony in June.

Fifa under new pressure over Mohamed bin Hammam’s Qatar 2022 role

theguardian.com — Fifa's head of security during the controversial race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has called for an investigation into claims Mohamed bin Hammam made a vote-trading pact with Spain's Ángel María Villar Llona to aid Qatar's bid.

West Ham blow their season-ticket trumpets but who pays for the tune?

theguardian.com — Never mind bubbles, West Ham executives were blowing their own trumpets on Wednesday in a PR blitz to unveil cut-price season ticket prices in their new stadium.

Coalition urges Fifa presidential candidates to address human rights issues

theguardian.com — A coalition of human rights groups and trade unions has written to Sepp Blatter and his three rivals for the Fifa presidency urging them to address issues surrounding human rights, migrant workers and corruption at future World Cups.

West Ham’s long and winding road to the Olympic Stadium

theguardian.com — Owen Gibson outlines the timeline of West Ham's protracted move into the Olympic Stadium after fresh questions were raised regarding the switch. January 2003: Lord Rodgers writes to prime minister Tony Blair, suggesting a stadium built for football with interim use for athletics and funded by joint tenancy between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.

West Ham face compensation risk over state aid for Olympic Stadium refit

theguardian.com — Fresh questions have been raised over whether West Ham's deal to move into the Olympic Stadium contravenes European state aid laws, potentially leaving the club liable for millions in compensation. London Assembly members, European state aid experts and lawyers have questioned why the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the London Legacy Development Corporation did not obtain "prior approval" from the European Commission before signing the deal with West Ham.
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedUKPol: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, looking a little bit awkward, backs Labour's Dawn Butler in the election. youtube.com/watch?v=Oiikkr…

Apr 27, 2015

RT @DTguardian: I've interviewed Sir Oliver Popplewell about his inquiry into Bradford. Must say, I was taken aback by some answers: theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Apr 27, 2015

For devotees of Fifa's internecine power struggles, this by @mideastsoccer worth reading ahead of AFC Congress: huffingtonpost.com/james-dorsey/a…

Apr 27, 2015

RT @campbellwpaul: Holly Willoughby calls Frank Lampard "a Man City legend". Lampard looks heartbroken: youtube.com/watch?v=3KUY4a…

Apr 27, 2015

This whole "are Chelsea boring" debate is getting a bit, you know, boring.

Apr 27, 2015

RT @ianherbs: The too brief life of Jorge 'the Mole' Lopez. His work shows English football journalism there's a better way. goo.gl/XACDMn

Apr 27, 2015

I'll be at @Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on 28 April for @KickItOut’s Raise Your Game conference: bit.ly/1amUKQN #RYG

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