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England fans celebrate the team’s World Cup penalty shoot out victory on the beach in Brighton. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Sport may be an opium of the people – but it matters

Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn't be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.
In 2016, Norwich City Football Club was one of dozens of English football teams that took part in the Stonewall Charity’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign to combat discrimination against LGBT fans and players. Canaries.co.uk

Everyday homophobia and imposed heterosexuality in football

Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.
Gareth Southgate dejected after failing to score in the penalty shoot out which ended England’s chances in the Euro ‘96 semi-final match against Germany at Wembley. PA/PA Archive/PA Images

World Cup: dialling down pressure makes England victory more likely

Sport is full of high-pressure language which if eradicated can help athletes to express themselves and perform at their best.

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