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European soccer is having another reckoning over racism – is it time to accept the problem goes beyond bad fans?

Vinícius Júnior is making the point, but are soccer’s governing bosses getting it? Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images John M Sloop, Vanderbilt University After suffering months of racial abuse on the field and off, Brazilian soccer star Vinícius Júnior had enough. On May 21, 2023, the Real Madrid forward – commonly seen as one of the best soccer players in the …

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Sudan conflict: how China and Russia are involved and the differences between them

Marcel Plichta, University of St Andrews and Mateja Peter, University of St Andrews As clashes continue between the Sudanese military and rapid support forces, the current and historic role of foreign governments in Sudanese affairs is under close examination. Unsurprisingly, the Sudan conflict has amplified concerns from the US and other countries about the roles Russia and China are playing …

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How Saudi Arabia came to be at the centre of a global golf merger

David Rowe, Western Sydney University Professional golf – and increasingly world sport – is caught in a sand trap. Not the familiar hazard between fairway and green, but the Middle Eastern desert producing enormous quantities of fossil fuels. The resulting riches are being diverted into sport, disrupting its traditional Western dominance. The latest example is the dramatic announcement that LIV …

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