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West Ham supporters protecting a fan from being trampled on by a police horse

West Ham United FC played its final game at the Boleyn on Tuesday night (10 May). It was supposed to be a massive party, a celebration of 112 years and 2,398 games at the ground. But before the first ball was kicked a mini riot took place.

13 May 2016 | Notes

The appalling footage of Chelsea “fans” pushing a black man off a Paris metro train, while chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it,” has rightly provoked widespread condemnation. It has also prompted this nice anti-racist – and non-partisan – reply video.

25 February 2015 | Video
West Ham and Liverpool fans united in  support of the Palestinian struggle (pic cap Martin Smith)

The powerhouse of that mighty Liverpool team was John Barnes, one of Britain’s greatest football players. But that day at West Ham, many supporters did not treat John Barnes with admiration or even grudging respect…

24 September 2014 | Notes
Everywhere you go, always take Lamela with you. Pic credit: Amil Delic

Sometimes football delivers up 90 minutes of perfection: the sun is shining for the first home game of the season, your team serves up a four-goal feast, you watch wonderful fast, flowing football as four exciting attacking players – Adebayor, Lamela, Eriksen and Chadli – weave in and out and surge towards the opponents’ goal.

29 August 2014 | Notes
putin

Welcome to the final post in our series, an alternative look at the eight groups that make up the first round of the World Cup. Phobias – the governments of the Group H countries have them all! The most important thing to remember is that trade unionists, civil rights groups and campaigners in those countries oppose their every move.

17 June 2014 | In depth
Abu Ghraib (pic credit: Barbarakow Gallery)

Given that the US military machine thinks that Latin America is its back yard, Brazil for them is a home fixture. But I suspect by the time you read this it wont be the US “soccer” team we will be worrying about, US bombers may once again be flying over Iraq murdering innocent civilians.

16 June 2014 | In depth