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Arsene Wenger: Henrikh Mkhitaryan case ‘should not happen in football’

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his astonishment that Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t be able to play in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku over fears for the Armenian international’s safety. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917, and there were concerns Mkhitaryan…MORE

World’s first virtual sports anchor to debut at ice hockey world champs

Ron Burgundy, look away now … There’s a new face in the world of broadcasting, and this round-the-clock anchor is busy holding down two jobs at the same time. Well, sort of. During this year’s Ice Hockey World Championships, Rikard Grönborg is doubling up as coach of the Swedish national team and a 24/7 news…MORE

FIFA decides not to add 16 teams for 2022 World Cup finals

World football governing body FIFA said Wednesday that the number of teams at the next men’s World Cup will remain at 32. FIFA had considered expanding the field for the 2022 finals, to be held in Qatar, to 48 teams. In March, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a feasibility study showed it was possible to…MORE

Raheem Sterling on racist abuse: ‘This is more than just about football’

It was the moment that prompted Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling to become an unofficial spokesman for his generation of players on the issue of racism. Racially abused by Chelsea fans during Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge in December, Sterling says one of his abiding memories of that incident is the “pure…MORE

London Sevens: England going ‘hell for leather’ for Olympic berth

Dan Norton’s electric pace has seen him bolt to the top of his sport, and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet. Seven-a-side rugby is a game crowded with super-fast sprinters, but among the speedsters it is Norton who wears the crown. He’s amassed a record 332 tries during his 10-year career —…MORE

‘King of cricket’ Virat Kohli represents a ‘new India’

In a country where cricket’s unifying importance is tantamount to that of religion, the role of leading India into a World Cup comes with a certain divinity — both an unrivaled privilege and the not insubstantial pressure of carrying the weight of a nation’s expectations on your shoulders. “You are one among the billion people,”…MORE

Henrikh Mkhitaryan absence from showpiece final shames UEFA – Arsenal and Chelsea should boycott the Europa League final

Nine days before their season-defining Europa League final clash with rivals Chelsea in Baku, Arsenal’s preparations suffered a not insignificant setback. “We’re very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our #UELfinal against Chelsea,” tweeted Arsenal. On any other day this could be a fairly mundane update on…MORE

Arsenal omits Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Europa League final amid safety concerns

Arsenal’s Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been left out of the English club’s Europa League final squad amid concerns for his safety in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Armenia and Azerbaijan have a century-long conflict stemming from the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917 and there were fears Mkhitaryan would not be safe in Baku. The…MORE