April 15 – France’s Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens was held up last Friday after visiting captain Prince Gouano was the target of monkey chants, adding to a string of recent racist incidents across Europe.
April 12 – The reputation of Chelsea fans has once again been called into question after the club banned three people from entering the stadium for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final at Slavia Prague after a video appeared to show them singing an abusive song about Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.
April 12 – Atletico Madrid’s notoriously controversial Spanish international striker Diego Costa has been banned for no fewer than eight games for a foul-mouthed rant against a referee.
April 12 – England defender Danny Rose wants football’s governing bodies to “sit down and discuss how to eradicate” racism at the end of the season.
By Andrew Warshaw
April 11 – With almost inevitable haste, former German Football Association president Reinhard Grindel, forced to resign after being embroiled in a domestic scandal, has also quit his high-ranking FIFAand UEFA roles leaving a gaping vacuum at the heart of both administrations.
April 5 – England defender Danny Rose says he “can’t wait to see the back of football” because he so is disgusted at the recent resurgence of racism among fans.
April 5 – Sweden’s female players have rekindled the debate over the pay gap between men and women.
April 5 -Italy coach Roberto Mancini has called for tough measures in Serie A after the “unacceptable” racist abuse of Juventus’s Italian international Moise Kean.
April 4 – Prominent figures from across European football have emphasised the crucial importance of diversity in the game.
April 4 – Twenty-four hours after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin lambasted the resurgence of racist attitudes across European football, one of the Continent’s most high-profile club managers has put himself unwittingly in the spotlight with unfortunate comments that did little to support Ceferin’s powerful stance.
April 4 – The jury in the trial of the police chief facing allegations related to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy has been unable to reach a verdict with the prosecution now calling for a retrial.
April 4 – David Beckham’s dream of building an MLS franchise have hit a legal snag over trademark rights with reports from Italy that Inter Milan are planning to sue MLS over the name of Beckham’s proposed club – Inter Miami CF.
By Andrew Warshaw
April 3 – German Football Association president Reinhard Grindel, one of European football’s most influential figures who continually banged the drum for greater transparency and accountability, has himself been forced to resign after being embroiled in a domestic scandal.
April 3 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has urged referees to be brave enough to halt matches in order to help stamp out an alarming resurgence of racism from fans. Ceferin opened a UEFA conference on discrimination on Tuesday, organised in conjunction with England’s Football Association, and believes it is time officials took the plunge and abided by UEFA protocol.