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