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How football in the UK will be impacted by Brexit

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The referendum to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union (EU) is an important landmark in the country’s history.

Trade, immigration, sovereignty and jobs are just some of the areas which could be affected by the so-called “Brexit”.

Football could be seriously impacted if the UK leaves the EU, with hundreds of players under threat of losing the right to play in the country if a vote to exit is returned.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho suspended after failed drug test

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been suspended after the club was notified that he was being investigated over a failed drug test.

The doping violation is reportedly related to Liverpool’s Europa League second-leg tie at Manchester United last month and concerns a fat-burning substance.

Former Premier League referees have urged the Football Association to Consider Introducing Video Cameras

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Referees in professional sports are usually the scapegoats when things go wrong because the decisions that they make have an impact on the result of the games that they officiate. As a matter of fact, referees have such an impact on games that online sportsbook soccer odds for teams change depending on the person officiating the game.

Former Premier League Manager Probed In ‘Sexist And Racist’ Text Messages Row

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Former Premier League Manager Probed In 'Sexist And Racist' Text Messages Row - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League has been hit by another serious scandal. After Andy Gray and Richard Keys' sexist comments and John Terry and Luis Suarez's racism incidents, we now have a case with both the discriminations rolled into one.

Foreigners in Premier League is no problem

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Foreigners in Premier League is no problem - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Many fans from England and beyond are tied to a misconception in which the foreign players in the Premier League are doing damage to the quality of new English talents and the national football team. The fact that England reached an all-time low in the amount of homegrown players in its top flight seems to urge many fans, and even England manager Roy Hodgson, into getting the Premier League to introduce a quota to reduce the foreigners and increase English talents.

Arsene Wenger wants blood tests to prevent drug cheats

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Arsene Wenger wants blood tests to prevent drug cheats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on FIFA to introduce blood tests to prevent drug cheats from corrupting the beautiful game.

Arsene Wenger wants blood tests introduction to prevent drug cheats

Till now, football players are only tested for banned substances through urine samples at the training ground or after matches.

‘Cultural Lessons’ planned to combat racism missing the point

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'Cultural Lessons' planned to combat racism missing the point - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football's governing bodies are considering giving foreign players cultural English lessons to help eradicate racism from football. It's difficult to see how such measures would have any such effect.

Clattenburg’s Reputation is Permanently Scarred

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Clattenburg's Reputation is Permanently Scarred - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mark Clattenburg has been cleared by the police and the Football Association of making inappropriate comments to Chelsea players during the Premier League match against Manchester United.

Chelsea claimed that the referee had racially abused two of their players through verbal comments during the 3-2 defeat.

10 Possible Football Stoners

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10 Possible Football Stoners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today, as you may or mayn't be aware, is 4/20 The International Day of the Stoner.

With that in mind, we thought we'd turn a wry (or should that be 'red'?) eye on the footballing sphere and pick out a few candidates in need of the meditative, healing powers of marijuana and also finger (so to speak) some of the huffing, puffing, smoking, joking midnight tokers who have almost definitely  - but not definitely enough for it to be libellous in any way inhaled a lung-full of the Lord's divine brocolli at one point in their lives.

English Football Finances – 1981 to 2011

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English Football Finances 1981 to 2011 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football finance has been a hot topic for several years now, and we often cite the influx of Sky money, the formation of the Premier League, the modernisation of FIFA and UEFA, football club takeovers and of course, the rise of player wages as key indicators of how football has become more and more a business and is completely divorced from the football that we knew a few decades ago.

English Football Wages: 1984 to 2010

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English Football Wages: 1984 to 2010 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football wages are a ridiculously easy target whether it's the high wages paid by Chelsea and then Manchester City, the astronomical wage bills of Barcelona and Real Madrid fueled by unequal TV deals or the retirement homes that front as football clubs in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, football wages have steadily increased in the last 20-25 years.

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FIFA admits World Cup voting was rigged, launches legal battle against corrupt officials

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FIFA has admitted for the first time that World Cup voting was rigged in the past.

In legal papers filed in New York, FIFA is attempting to recover bribes and stolen money from 41 ex-officials and marketing executives including Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb, who have both served as FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, and Chuck Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary.

FIFA Presidential Election 2015 – Time for a Change of Direction?

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FIFA Presidential Election 2015 Time for a Change of Direction? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A resounding yes would be the answer to that particular question unless you are one of the Blatter camp. It was Kenny Rogers who best summed it up, in song.

"You've got to know when to hold 'em , know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run"

It is a paradox that the fight to oppose Sepp Blatter has become almost as farcical as the events involving FIFA that have, over recent years, increased calls for him to step down.

UEFA pushing for end of third-party ownership of football players – but will FIFA act in time?

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UEFA pushing for end of third-party ownership of football players but will FIFA act in time? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

UEFA have revealed that they want to put an end to third party ownership of professional football players.

Third party ownership is where an outside party, not a club but an individual or agency, controls or partially controls the transfer rights and access to a player.

FIFA Laws of the Game: Ambiguity, Uncertainty & Room For Interpretation

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FIFA Laws of the Game: Ambiguity, Uncertainty & Room For Interpretation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The equivalent of Godwin's Law the rule of polite online debate which bans any reference to Hitler or the Nazis in Association Football is surely the invocation of the FIFA Laws of the Game to settle an argument over a contentious decision by a referee (perhaps it should be called the Rimet Rule?

Should football introduce the ‘Vanishing Spray’?

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Should football introduce the 'Vanishing Spray'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 'vanishing spray' is used by the referee to mark 10 yards between the ball and the wall at free-kicks. This line is a clear indicator of where the opposition teams should be standing before the free-kick is taken and was introduced in an effort to stop the attacking team gaining advantage by moving closer to the goal and the defensive side from encroaching towards the ball.

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Could you pass a Premier League club’s fitness test?

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Could you pass a Premier League club's fitness test? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The days of George Best turning up at Old Trafford half-an-hour before kick-off, quickly getting changed into the red of Manchester United and running out onto the pitch to torment the opposition are well and truly over.

How MLS can help North America’s lack of passion for football

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How MLS can help North America's lack of passion for football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I should start off by explaining why I wrote this piece. Well, mainly because I feel obligated to do a follow-up post after writing this.So here we go.

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude.

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Ukraine coach denies his country is racist despite previous comments

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Ukraine coach denies his country is racist despite previous comments - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin was asked about racism in Ukraine during the Sweden v Ukraine pre-match news conference, he put down his headphones and stopped listening to the translation of the question, preferring to deliver a seemingly prepared statement:

"I don't want to talk about racism.

Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012

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Three things Pakistani football can learn from Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012 European Championships will kick off this summer in Poland and Ukraine. The Euro 2012 betting odds hugely favour Spain and Germany, but beyond the favourites and indeed beyond the 16 teams competing at Euro 2012, there are plenty of footballing lessons for Pakistan and Pakistani football to learn from, and hopefully apply to our own national team's cause.

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Green football – is it possible?

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Green football is it possible? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the current climate of renewable energy and methods of preserving the planet's resources, it is a likely progression that the world's most popular sport should adopt some 'green' measures to play their part.

However, in such a consumer-based industry it is at times difficult to envisage how football can contribute to the greater good and minimise the continued destruction of resources.

Football and Cannabis – the truth about Marijuana and Football

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Football and Cannabis the truth about Marijuana and Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

April 20th (4-20) is Cannabis day. In that context, today we look at the relationship between the world's most popular sport (football) and the world's third-most popular recreational drug (after tobacco and alcohol).

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We Get What We Deserve With Football Punditry

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We Get What We Deserve With Football Punditry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football is the biggest sport in the world.

Its England's national sport, beloved by millions and one of the few things, if not the only thing that really unites us a country and creates any sort of national spirit for a couple of weeks every two years (four or more years if we balls things up and don't even qualify).

Football and Smoking: Past and Present

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Football and Smoking: Past and Present - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When you look at many of football's top talents, both past and present, many of them were/are gifted athletes, blessed with natural gifts that enable them to live the dream, to be idolized, immortalized, and imitated.

The Arab Football Spring

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The Arab Football Spring - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The performances of the North African national football sides in 2011 have reflected the political actions of the Arab Spring.

The failure of Egypt, the champions of the past three tournaments, to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (ACN), alongside the absence of regional heavyweights Cameroon and Nigeria, has thrown the tournament wide open.

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What Arsene Wenger didn’t say about doping in football

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What Arsene Wenger didn't say about doping in football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger's interview in L'Equipe has been widely quoted in the last 24 hours it's worth a full read but most people have focused on his comments on doping and the winning-at-all-costs mentality and how Wenger is against both.

How America Should Fix FIFA

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How America Should Fix FIFA - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the past month, the United States Department of Justice has dramatically cracked down on corruption that has plagued FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, since the 1970s. In an early morning raid at a luxury hotel, Swiss police arrested sports executives attending the annual FIFA Congress, just days before the organization's elections were to be held at its headquarters in Zurich.

Away Goals – Relevant in Today’s Game?

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Away Goals Relevant in Today's Game? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Watching the first leg of the Champions' League quarter final tie between Atletico Madrid and their city rivals, Real Madrid, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a match completely dominated by Real. I, like many others, was quick to praise their all-too-evident superiority when it came to possession, shots, corners and just about every stat you could mention in the first 45 minutes.

Why Arrigo Sacchi’s Comments Hurt so Much

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Why Arrigo Sacchi's Comments Hurt so Much - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everyone knows that anything that comes after the word "but" is usually going to end badly. "I love you, but...", "Your work is good, but...", "You're going to live, but..."

So when Arrigo Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport "I'm certainly no racist.

Advances in Football Technology

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Advances in Football Technology - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the current debate about the 2022 World Cup hotting up the topic of football technology centres on two aspects of advancement that will take centre stage in Qatar, although the other critical element is whether or not the tournament actually goes ahead in Qatar, as planned, and WHEN!

What Football Should Learn From Rugby

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What Football Should Learn From Rugby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football or Soccer and Rugby are two completely different games and going in different directions. Despite football being more popular there are many aspects from rugby that could be used to improve the overall image of the game.

Budweiser: Coach the Coaches

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Budweiser: Coach the Coaches - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

How do you improve grass-roots football?

One of the best ways to ensure that is to train the coaches at lower levels, and when you have so little money available for the game at the lower level, personal time spent by elite coaches in grassroots football is very helpful.

UEFA introduces long-overdue changes to European football

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UEFA introduces long-overdue changes to European football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham missed out on Champions League qualification in 2011, despite finishing fourth in the Premier League, due to sixth-placed Chelsea winning the tournament. However, this will be a thing of the past from the 2014-15 season, as Uefa is set to eradicate the rule and allow an extra team from the winning country entry, should the Champions League winners not finish in a qualification place domestically.

Soccer Is America’s Sport of Now

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Soccer Is America's Sport of Now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For more years than most of us would care to remember, soccer has been trumpeted as America's "sport of the future." The belief was that one day (perhaps because there was once a World Cup here, or perhaps because so many of us spent our formative Saturday afternoons running aimlessly around fields nominally playing the game) the country would come to embrace soccer the way the rest of the world has for the better part of the last 150 years.

How important is mental strength in modern football?

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How important is mental strength in modern football? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are so many variables that can play their part in deciding whether an individual or team are a success or failure in modern day sport, and football is no exception. With advanced training techniques, sports science and nutrition, performance aiding footwear and everything else that incorporates the game at the highest level these days, the margins between winning and losing are at times very small.

Even the Aztecs struggled with linesmen, apparently

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Even the Aztecs struggled with linesmen, apparently - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I would like to tell you a little story about a sport I discovered very recently. It just goes to show that all sport regardless of time and place is beset with problems.

"BribeaBlatter" or "Go Lime" was a sport played by the Aztecs.

The BBC’s Football Coverage Is Appalling

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The BBC's Football Coverage Is Appalling - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

News broke yesterday of Lee Dixon's departure from the BBC football punditry team. Now Dixon is by no means a great pundit. He wasn't enormously informative, didn't have great vocal delivery. He wasn't as good as Gary Neville or even Graeme Souness on Sky.

Football Injuries and Modern Footballers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Football Injuries and Modern Footballers [INFOGRAPHIC] - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's the bane of a footballer's life. Not a salary cap, not kiss-and-tell scandals or even the dreaded, and eternally-blamed Credit Crunch (always a capital C for Credit Crunch). No, for any footballer- amateur or professional- the fear of injury is the biggest of all.

Kissing the badge – footballers delight and demonise themselves with their club loyalty

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Kissing the badge footballers delight and demonise themselves with their club loyalty - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Above all else, in the passion of a competitive football match a player can show his dedication and love for his team by kissing the badge on his jersey. We have seen it on countless occasions a player scores a winning goal and runs towards his adoring fans kissing the club crest; he is now a hero in the eyes of the celebrating supporters.

The Curious Case of the Lost Moral Compass

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The Curious Case of the Lost Moral Compass - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Episode Four : A New Trial.....

In a time not so long ago, in a world departed from this reality....

A Man divided opinion of what was right and decent

A Man led a country; All its people, All casts,

All its hopes rested on his shoulders

His Name was John Terry.