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Sunderland are to host "Nelson Mandela Day" when Manchester United visit

Sunderland to host 'Nelson Mandela Day' when United come to visit

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

19:54 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:33 GMT, 28 February 2013

Sunderland have become the first English football team to set up a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Sunderland, who this season started a new sponsorship deal with Invest In Africa, will support a number of fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Foundation.

The March 30 fixture against Manchester United has been designated ‘Nelson Mandela Day’ at the Stadium of Light.

International: At the start of the season Sunderland announced they were to be sponsored by Invest In Africa

International: At the start of the season Sunderland announced they were to be sponsored by Invest In Africa

Vice chairman, David Miliband, said: 'There is no more iconic figure in the world today than Nelson Mandela.

'His values of equality, justice and reconciliation are the inspiration to millions and this partnership is a wonderful symbol for Sunderland in Africa and a huge honour for our football club.

'As a club which prides itself on its commitment to charitable work, to the community as a whole through our own Foundation of Light, and to the pursuit of excellence in all we do, we see tremendous potential in working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.'

Key: The match may be crucial in Sunderland's fight against the drop

Key: The match may be crucial in Sunderland's fight against the drop

Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott ready to lead race fight

Former Chelsea defender Elliott ready to lead race fight

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 20 December 2012

Paul Elliott, an FA ambassador and former Chelsea and Charlton
defender, is in line to head the team that will lead English football's
attempt to stamp out racism.

The formation of the inclusion advisory board that will deliver the
anti-discrimination action plan, revealed by Sportsmail, was the number
one commitment announced by the FA yesterday.

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

And the highly respected Elliott, one of the few to emerge with credit from England's doomed 2018 World Cup bid, is known to be the preferred choice of Kick it Out leader Lord Ouseley to head this crucial committee which will also work with the FA board on annual progress reports.

Lord Ouseley will be stepping down from the chair of the FA's racial equality advisory group, and the seat on the FA council that goes with the position, in protest at English football's ruling body's 'mealy-mouthed' response to the John Terry and Luis Suarez racism cases. Ouseley sees Elliott, who was on the final shortlist to be one of the independent directors on the FA board, as his obvious replacement on the FA council as head of the inclusion advisory board that will replace the racial equality group.

The FA's multi-point plan, announced yesterday, was revealed by Sportsmail a week ago. The 109 commitments to fight all forms of discrimination are the result of work by all the football bodies since Prime Minister David Cameron's anti-racism football summit last February.

They include cultural lessons for players and managers new to English football, at least 10 per cent of referees and level one coaches to come from ethnic minorities and clubs to face sanctions for failing to deal with racism by players, coaches or their fans.

There are no fixed penalties for racism offences by players mentioned in the proposals but FA chairman David Bernstein said that the issue was 'under active discussion'. A five-game ban has been mooted.

And both player and manager unions have given their support to the idea of mandatory clauses in contracts for players to face action for racist language or behaviour.

Bernstein, who will have this anti-racism action plan as his legacy before his term of office ends next July, said: 'This is a commitment to ensure the game is inclusive and free of discrimination. This continues to be a top priority.'

Bernstein added: 'No player should fear coming out as gay at the risk of suffering discrimination and we continue to strengthen our support programmes to ensure the game is open to all.'

Royal and Ancient Golf Club must "get real" and allow women members, says Lord Moynihan

Royal and Ancient Golf Club must 'get real' and allow women members, says Lord Moynihan

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 8 November 2012

Lord Moynihan has told the Royal and Ancient Golf Club that it is time to 'get real' and allow women to become members.

'It should be an embedded
characteristic of 21st century sport, especially when you see the
contribution the athletes make,' said the outgoing chairman of the
British Olympic Association.

Traditions: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

Traditions: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

'It is remarkable that Augusta has changed, but the Royal and Ancient is still there having not entitled and allowed complete equality of opportunity for women in this country.'

The Royal and Ancient, based at St Andrews, was founded in 1754. Sportsmail revealed earlier this year that the Augusta National had lifted their ban on women.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Lord Moynihan added: 'Let's get real and let's get on with the job of providing equality of opportunity across sports, sports administration as well as sporting opportunity.'

Augusta made the decision to
admit its first two female members in August – one of whom was Condoleezza Rice,
the former US Secretary of State.

Over
the past 80 years, the home of the Masters has played host to some of
the greatest golf ever played. But it has also been a bastion of
bigotry, racism and sexism and now the last of these has gone the way of
the first two.

'This is a
joyous occasion,' said Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, raising
the question that if the membership consider it that joyous, why on
earth did it take them so long

Now pressure has fallen on the Royal and
Ancient and other men-only British clubs that host The Open, such as
Muirfield and Royal St George's, to follow suit.

Rather sensibly, Augusta has admitted
two female members rather than have one subjected to the taunt of
tokenism. South Carolina financier Darla Moore was the other new member.

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Rooney Rule is a kind of racism, says Arsene Wenger

'Rooney rule' is just another form of racism, blasts Gunners boss Wenger

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 25 October 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of the 'Rooney rule' to try to boost the number of black coaches and managers would be a 'kind of racism' – insisting everyone must get jobs on merit alone.

The Professional Footballers' Association wants tougher penalties for racist abuse including making it potentially a sackable offence and culprits ordered to attend awareness programmes as well as adopting ideas from the United States designed to promote equality in coach recruitment.

The initiative proved a success in the America, where it was brought in by the National Football League to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.

Standing up: Arsene Wenger believes the 'Rooney rule' to be a kind of racism

Standing up: Arsene Wenger believes the 'Rooney rule' to be a kind of racism

Currently, Norwich boss Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the English top flight.

Wenger, though, feels any such enforced 'quota' system would go against the whole concept of unilateral equality.

'I [have] always been against discrimination. Is it positive or negative What they call it in France is “positive discrimination”,' Wenger said,

'I feel that no matter what job you do in life, you should just do it because you deserve to do it and you have the quality to do it.

'You have to favour access for everybody to manage in football. Just to put a quota out, for me is exactly against what sport has to be – sport is about competition and competence.

'That will have exactly the opposite effect [to] what it should have. You can say as well then, “why do you leave him out He's better than the guy in his place. [It is] just because you have a quota”.

'It is again a kind of racism and what we have all to fight for is just competence, to put people who are good – are they white, black, red, no matter what colour – just put guys who have a competence in charge, and we have to fight for that.'

Wenger feels there should be no issues with managers of any ethnic origin making it at the top level if they are good enough.

He said: 'I don't see any difference between black or white. I could never understand that difference.

Standing alone: Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the Premier League

Standing alone: Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the Premier League

'You judge people on facts and on what they did in life. I never considered where you come from or what colour you are. I think if you are good enough, you help people.

'We have to keep the priorities right – that means people who want to do a job, who have the qualities to do a job, to give them the job.'

Wenger feels sport can lead the drive for a change in society.

The Arsenal manager continued: 'Sport has one big advantage – you can measure the performances of people, if you are good, you play.

'That we suddenly have that problem is for me quite surprising because overall I don't feel you ever leave any player out for a racial reason. You only field your best team and you just look at the quality of the players.

'There is no language problem (in sport) – if you don't speak the language, you can still play with a player if you are good enough, therefore, there is very little discrimination in our job.'

Lazio fined 32,500 for fans" monkey chants at Spurs stars

UEFA hand out another paltry racism fine for Lazio fans' monkey chants at Spurs stars

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18:14 GMT, 18 October 2012

Lazio have been fined 32,500 by UEFA
for the improper conduct of their fans during last month's Europa
League tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Loud monkey chanting was heard to
come from the away fans and was directed at Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon
and Andros Townsend during the Group J clash, which ended 0-0 after
three Spurs goals were ruled out.

Target: Lazio fans allegedly directed vile racist abuse at Tottenham striker Defoe

Target: Lazio fans allegedly directed vile racist abuse at Tottenham striker Defoe

UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body took the decision today, although Lazio have up to three days to appeal against the fine if they feel the findings of the panel are unfounded.

The sanctions, coupled with several other ongoing racial abuse cases, have come at a bad time for UEFA as Champions League and Europa League matches next week will be used to showcase activities organised by UEFA and the equality group Football Against Racism in Europe.

Last season UEFA fined Porto 16,700 for their fans' racist abuse directed at Manchester City's Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure.

Heated: The fiery clash at White hart Lane had a number of flashpoints

Heated: The fiery clash at White hart Lane had a number of flashpoints

Disciplinary action has also been
brought against Serbia following what appeared to be racist chanting
from their fans during the Euro 2013 Under-21 Championship play-off
against England on Tuesday night.

Spurs winger Danny Rose, who is currently on loan at Sunderland, was
sent off after the final whistle for his reaction to the abuse while
Townsend was an unused substitute.

Rose was offered support by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who
said: 'It's extremely difficult for Danny. He was disappointed by that
happening, by the situation which he had to live with, the atmosphere he
was confronted with.

'I told Daniel I support him completely in this situation. He felt
abused and this is obviously a serious matter which at the moment is in
the hands of both FAs.'

Lazio currently top Group J after picking up four points from their
first two games and host Spurs at the Stadio Olimpico on November 20.

Captain's job: Lennon wore the armband on a night when he was also an alleged victim of abuse

Captain's job: Lennon wore the armband on a night when he was also an alleged victim of abuse

London 2012 Olympics: Sir Clive Woodward praises Great Britain"s female Olympians

Sir Clive: The golden girls will inspire Britain's next generation after the Games have gone

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22:36 GMT, 10 August 2012

Sir Clive Woodward is a ladies’ man. Not that this revelation should alarm his wife Lady Jane. This knight of the realm is a gentleman. His interest in any other members of the fairer sex is confined exclusively to the promise which won the Games for London and which has to be honoured right now.

It’s the legacy, of course. ‘Legacy, legacy, legacy,’ vowed Lord Coe.

Well, the legacy starts on Sunday night. The moment the Olympic flame flickers and dies at the end of the closing ceremony the yet greater task of igniting a brilliant and unquenchable future for British sport begins.

Games changer: Boxing golden girl Nicola Adams

Games changer: Boxing golden girl Nicola Adams

Who will strike the first match ‘The girls,’ says Woodward. ‘The most striking feature of London 2012 has been the advances made in female sport.

‘Perhaps because they had further to go they have focused even more intensely and been open to fresh thinking about their preparation.’

So these are The Emancipation Games ‘Yes,’ says the elite performance director of the British Olympic Association. ‘The final breakthrough for the women. They have transformed the Olympic landscape.

‘No fewer than 48 per cent of the Team GB competitors are female. Their performances have been watched by all the live spectators here and the hundreds of millions of television viewers with the same fascination and excitement as the men.

Boxing clever: Adams beats China's Ren Cancan on her way to gold

Boxing clever: Adams beats China's Ren Cancan on her way to gold

‘We have arrived at true equality.’ Emmeline Pankhurst can sleep easy in her grave. The suffragettes who fought for the freedom to play men’s games as well as the right to vote can leave the rest to Sir Clive. He will employ the women to unlock the door to Seb Coe’s revolution in British sport.

The key to that is in the coaching. Woodward found it in the combat sports as Nicola Adams, in the boxing ring, and Jade Jones, on the taekwondo mat, boosted the surge of gold medals.

‘Just look at these girls,’ says Woodward. ‘They are not only talented but technically correct, fast, beautifully balanced, have perfect footwork and absolute commitment to their training. That tells us that they have world-class coaches and that is where the legacy has to come from.

‘It’s not only about the money and the facilities, although of course all that is important. The future is in the teaching.’

As the only England manager to win the Rugby World Cup, Woodward is the most iconic figure in team coaching in this country since Sir Alf Ramsey in the 1960s.

Talking a good game: Sportsmail's Jeff Powell talks to Sir Clive Woodward

Talking a good game: Sportsmail's Jeff Powell talks to Sir Clive Woodward

That makes it all the more significant that he sees one-on-one coaching as the most vital element for every sport.

‘Look at it in the Olympic perspective,’ he says. ‘The most successful athletes have individual coaches. Some more than one. Jessica Ennis has her main coach but they also use specialists for some of her different disciplines in the heptathlon.

‘Without doubt that focused training is the most crucial. Our national football and rugby teams need one-on-one coaching for all the players.

‘Put it this way. If I could have a rugby XV in which every position was filled by an Olympic gold medal winner then that team would win. Without doubt. Team coaching is easy when you have properly schooled players.

Golden girl: Hepthalete Jessica Ennis competes in the long jump and celebrates her win (below)

Golden girl: Hepthalete Jessica Ennis competes in the long jump and celebrates her win (below)

She's done it! Ennis celebrates her gold

She's done it! Ennis celebrates her gold

‘I will go so far as to say that it would benefit football and rugby players to spend some time being coached in the combat sports. They develop that great balance as well as strength and grit — and courtesy, grace and good manners. Look how polite most Olympic athletes are.

‘Then who knows Some footballers who might not make it to the top could suddenly find another sport at which they could become stars, maybe Olympians.

‘The biggest lesson I learned from my time at Southampton Football Club was the need for concentration on individual skills. Matt Le Tissier told me about the hours he spent just working on his first touch and he became one one of the most highly skilled players in the country.

‘Look at the Brazilians. I went to watch their Olympic team play the other night and I was impressed by the way they all wanted to demonstrate that wonderful ability of theirs by running with the ball and taking on opponents.

‘That is the product of all the hours, days, weeks, months and years they spend with a ball on the beach. To be honest, I prefer that way of playing to teams who look to pass the ball at once, even Spain. Not least because for them it’s not just training. It’s the other factor we have to inject into the teaching — FUN in capital letters. But it is the individual coaching that matters, especially with the young.’

Track star: Laura Trott won two gold medals

Track star: Laura Trott won two gold medals

Good fit: Trott with her medal

To increase that factor a multi-million-fold, Woodward sends out this clarion call to every father and mother in the country to become coaches to their sons and daughters:

‘No-one spends more time with their kids than their parents.

‘Games teachers at school are essential but they may not get more than an hour a day with each child, if they are lucky. Imagine if they could send the boys and girls home with a schedule for them to work on their skills and fitness. Then they could be in training and thinking about the sports they love in the mornings and the evenings.

‘People talk about angry parents on touchlines but we need to educate them, too, to help their kids.

‘A prime example has been staring at us here — all the work that Judy Murray has put into Andy. If we can get millions of parents thinking like that we can bring out more success.

‘You don’t win gold medals unless you are totally committed and that is easier with the right kind of help. We are now seeing not only the men but more and more girls putting in that effort and it’s paid off.

Welsh wonder: Jade Jones won taekwondo gold

Welsh wonder: Jade Jones won taekwondo gold

Golden wonder: Jones with her medal

Golden wonder: Jones with her medal

‘So I’m not talking about finding millions and millions in funding to pay for armies of trainers. I for one am not cynical about the way Government ministers have taken to coming to the Games and supporting our athletes.

‘I want them to become excited and then stay involved so that they continue to put in the finance where it’s needed. But I also want every mum and dad who is looking to get excited about how they can help their children.’

Coe’s slogan for London 2012 is: ‘Inspire a Generation’. His target is the potential athletes of the future.

Woodward adds another: ‘Inspire a Generation of Coaches’.

He says: ‘We need them if we are to be as successful at future Games as we have been in London. We’ve had home advantage here. Of course it’s helped. Would you rather take on the All Blacks at Twickenham or in Auckland

Taking it all in: Sir Clive Woodward enjoys the opening ceremony

Taking it all in: Sir Clive Woodward enjoys the opening ceremony

‘Next time we are away. So we have to take it a step higher.

‘The challenge is difficult — to be at least as good in Rio as we have been here, then even better in all the Games after that. It can be done.

‘And if we do we will know that we have improved the health of the country, delivered something permanent and important for the feelgood factor in Britain and re-confirmed our belief in ourselves as a nation.’

Pepe Reina in race row over Spanish TV advert

Liverpool keeper Reina caught up in race storm after offensive Spanish TV ad is pulled

A Spanish company has been forced to pull an advert featuring Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina following complaints from a racial equality group.

The commercial, for insurance company Groupama, depicts black people as 'stupid, backward, animalistic homosexuals', according to Operation Black Vote.

Reina's name translates into English as 'queen' and in the ad shown on Spanish television the Reds stopper is introduced to a tribal chief who chooses him as his partner.

OBV director Simon Woolley said in a statement: 'I'm shocked on so many levels.

'Firstly, how would the Spanish feel
if the English stereotyped Spanish people as backward, stupid, and
animalistic homosexuals

'Secondly, what does this say about
Pepe Reina The Liverpool goalkeeper has lived and worked in the UK for
nearly a decade, does he think it's ok to characterise black people this
way

'Does he think his black team mates will laugh at his joke'

Controversial: Pepe Reina in the Spanish advert

Controversial: Pepe Reina in the Spanish advert

Liverpool have already been at the
centre of a race row this season after striker Luis Suarez was banned
for eight matches for abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra
during a match in October.

The Uruguayan then refused to shake Evra's hand when the teams met again at Old Trafford and later issued an apology.

OBV, referring to Reina, said it was a
'shame' that another Liverpool player had caused offence.

Groupama
claim they do not consider the advert to contain 'either offensive nor
any discriminatory content'.