Afghan Women’s Football Team seek justice in light of sexual abuse case.

As the growth of the women’s game continues, I look at the sexual abuse case affecting the Afghanistan Women’s National Team. Brought to the media’s attention by ex player Khalida Popal, several squad players sought Popal out to confide in her regarding them being sexually abused by head of Afghanistan Football Federation Keramuudin Kerim. I talk about whether the football world is doing enough to protect players at risk of exploitation.

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An interview with #OystonOut Campaign group, Tangerine Knights.

This week, Race to the Bottom talks with @EveorEvie from the Tangerine Knights. We discuss theire #OystonOut Campaign alongside the #Notapennymore movement.

Fan activism is proving to be a powerful and positive model for change. The Tangerine Knights and other protest groups united in the #OystonOut finally have the reality of their club being returned to normality.

After their memorable season in the 2010-2011 Premier League season, Blackpool FC should have seen millions of pounds, passed down throughout the club. Alas, this couldn’t have been further from the truth, as fans saw the money funneled into various Oyston business projects. This was finally addressed by a High Court in November 2018, when a judge ruled Owen Oyston had illegitimately stripped the club of assets.

With the removal of the Oyston family as owners of the club, this weekend’s away fixture to Bristol City, stands to be a momentous day for all Blackpool fans, post #OystonOut. I talk with @EveorEvie about the sacrifices made by fan activists of the club.

Finally, we look at what is next for @KnightTangerine , who have their sights on raising awareness on governance issues that are rife throughout the EFL.

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An interview with Lewes F.C director, Charlie Dobres.

Lewes F.C stand unique among the vast number of football clubs for it’s stance on gender equality . It is clear that those behind the scenes are pioneers of a different kind of football club. I was fortunate enough to speak with Charlie Dobres, one of the club’s directors. We discuss how Lewes F.C spearheaded a campaign to champion equal rights within the club. And how they have set out to challenge the dominant tropes regarding women’s football.

Previously covered in Episode 4 with its #FACupPrizeGap open letter to the F.A board, Charlie maps out how they hope to play a positive role in ensuring that the F.A Cup is a reflection of equality in all aspects of the tournament.

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#HakeemSaved but what now?

This week, finally saw the safe return of exiled Bahraini footballer, Hakeem Al Araibi, to his adopted country of Austrailia. I review Bahrain’s history of human rights abuses towards it’s activist athletes, asking whether the governing bodies of FIFA and the IOC, can do more in the future to ensure the protection of its athletes.

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John Barnes calls out unconscious racism.

In episode 5, I look at John Barnes’ 7 minute talk on unconscious racism, and highlight the imprisonment of British-Sudanese football fan Ali Issa Ahmad, in the UAE, due to him wearing a Qatar shirt at the Asian Cup.

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Note how Barnes’ voice is muted towards the end of his interview.

A campaign for equal rights. Introducing Lewes F.C- Britain’s most progressive club.

Episode 4, in which I say the words ‘Lewes FC’ a lot. I delve into the history of women’s football and amateur football club Lewes F.C’s stance on equal rights for their players, also highlighting their open letter to the F.A board which looks to address the gender pay gap in the F.A Cup.

Check the video from Lewes FC Women regarding the #FACupPrizeGap

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Iranian women’s fight for equal rights. An interview with OpenStadiums

In this month’s episode, the World Cup brings women’s rights into focus. I interview Iranian activist Sarah of @openstadiums. We discuss her campaign to allow women access to stadiums for sporting events in her home country of Iran.

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Wembley’s proposed sale reviewed, and a tale of two Sterlings.

The construction of Wembley stadium was both over budget and late in its completion. I look at the possible long-term implications of a governing body without a national stadium as the F.A’s proposed sale to Fulham F.C owner Shahid Kahn, appears to be gathering steam,. Later in the show, I review the media’s treatment of Raheem Sterling ask whether there will come a time when athletes call out their critics.

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All reports cited in the podcast can be found below.

2003 Report on public funding for Wembley

2002 England National Stadium Review by Patrick Carter

2001 DCMS Wembey National Stadium Project: Into Injury Time