East Bengal: Police lathi-charge supporters after fiery protests erupt in Maidan

The Leslie Claudis street in Kolkata witnessed a rare sight on Wednesday when two factions of East Bengal supporters clashed with each other leading to a scuffle and subsequent lathi-charge by the Kolkata Police. One set of supporters raised slogans against the club officials specifically demanding Debabrata Sarkar, aka Nitu Da, to offer his resignation. The other group lent their voice in support of the authorities. Fans had started to gather in front of the club tent from 1 PM in the afternoon after a clarion call on social media…

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Premier League: Rafael Benitez Appointed Everton Boss Despite Fan Protests

Everton confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benitez as their new manager on Wednesday despite fan protests against the Premier League club’s move for the former Liverpool boss. Benitez has agreed a three-year contract with Everton and succeeds Carlo Ancelotti, who left Goodison Park to join Real Madrid at the start of June. The Spaniard is the first man to manage both Merseyside teams since William Edward Barclay in the 1890s. “I am delighted to be joining Everton,” said Benitez. “Throughout this process I have been greatly impressed by…

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Pressured by protests, Colombian lawmakers nix health reform

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian lawmakers voted against a health system overhaul bill Wednesday, giving protesters another victory after 20 days of street demonstrations that have left dozens dead and forced the government to retreat on tax reform. Health Minister Fernando Ruiz defended the proposal, saying it would give the health care system the tools needed to deal with emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 3 million people in the South American country and caused 82,000 deaths. Critics of the bill said it could lead to…

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Protests outside, struggles inside: Manchester United lose to Liverpool

The beefed-up defense outside Old Trafford was more robust than Manchester United’s on the pitch inside. While United supporters again protested against the owning Glazer family — facing riot police and new steel barriers to guard the entrances — the game against Liverpool went ahead as planned after being called off 11 days earlier when some fans were able to storm the pitch. United might have wished it hadn’t, losing 4-2 for its first home defeat against its fiercest rival since Jürgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool six years ago…

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Protests ‘disrupted’ Manchester United players but were not to blame for defeat, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the disruption to his team’s preparations caused by fan protests was not to blame for his side’s poor performance in their 4-2 home defeat by Liverpool on Thursday. The Premier League match was re-arranged after fan protests 10 days ago forced a postponement and there was strict security and a heavy police presence around Old Trafford. United’s players arrived at the stadium over seven hours before the start of the game, having their meal and rest inside the ground, rather than their usual routine of…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urges fans to avoid violent protests before Liverpool contest

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on fans to avoid further violent protests ahead of Thursday’s rescheduled Premier League home game against Liverpool. The match, originally scheduled for May 2, was called off after United fans protesting against the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, stormed into the stadium and invaded the pitch. Protesters also clashed with police outside the ground, with six officers injured during the demonstrations. British media reported further protests are planned ahead of Thursday’s game. Security has also been increased around Old Trafford before…

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Everton beats Arsenal 1-0 amid fan protests

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s blunder allowing an own goal to Everton was the decider in a 1-0 win for the visitors in the English Premier League on Friday. The only other tumult in this otherwise dull match came outside the stadium as hundreds of Arsenal fans protested in front of Emirates Stadium before and after kickoff. They set off pyrotechnics and flares to demonstrate against Stan Kroenke’s ownership amid anger over the club joining the Super League. Big turnout already at the Emirates as fans protest against Arsenal’s Kroenke owners…

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‘Justice served’ – Sports world reacts after guilty verdict in US murder case that sparked protests, activism

US athletes, teams and leagues reacted after a jury found a former police officer guilty in the murder of George Floyd. Athletes expressed relief and vowed to continue the fight for reforms after a jury in Minnesota found a former police officer guilty in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.  Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday, nearly 11 months after he knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes during an arrest.  Floyd’s death aged 46 sparked outrage across the…

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Premier League: Liverpool, Leeds United Share Spoils Amid Super League Protests

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw away to Leeds United on Tuesday in a match overshadowed by the furious response to the Merseysiders’ planned involvement in a breakaway European Super League (ESL). A draw left sixth-placed Liverpool two points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League. The Reds opened the scoring before the interval through Sadio Mane only for Diego Llorente to equalise with his first Leeds goal, a header from a corner, three minutes from time. The top four in the Premier League come the…

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