Audiences and consumers alike are taking more notice of women’s football, and in doing so presenting key business opportunities, according to a new survey. A study by Footy.com has shown that sports fans are becoming more and more engaged with the women’s game off the back of the ongoing UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – particularly from a commercial and retail perspective. Notably, 83% of surveyed fans said they ‘would consider’ buying a football shirt with a female player’s name on the back, with an additional 84% stating that they would be more likely to make a purchase following the tournament.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford believes England stars would not have received abuse after the Euro 2020 final if three white players missed penalties against Italy last summer. Rashford was targeted by trolls with vile racist messages on social media after he failed with his spot kick at Wembley Stadium, along with his fellow black team-mates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who also missed their efforts. The 24-year-old, who opened up on the episode to basketball icon LeBron James on his Shop YouTube series, said he did not feel white players would receive the same treatment from fans, claiming supporters ‘wouldn’t have noticed’.
Rashford appeared on the show alongside British actor Daniel Kaluuya, artist Rashid Johnson, marketing exectuvie Paul Rivera, entrepreneur Maverick Carter and James. When the group began speaking about the sickening abuse the three players received after the Three Lions lost on penalties – following a 1-1 draw in the final – Rashford was asked if he felt the level of hate would have been the same if white players were involved. Continue Reading
England will be making their way to a luxury four-star hotel in London to make camp ahead of Euro 2022 this summer, which will go ahead on home soil. The Lensbury Resort has hosted a number of elite sports teams in the past, including rugby teams, tennis stars and football coaches and boasts some impressive credentials. The England stars will be staying at the hotel for the entirety of the tournament.
Midfielder Joni Kauko – ATK Mohun Bagan’s most effective recruit in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 has come a long way since his arrival in India. So far, his Indian journey has been nothing short of incredible.
The chaotic and violent scenes at last year’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley can never be repeated, according to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. An independent review of the disorder at London’s national stadium last July identified more than 20 “near-misses” that could have resulted in serious injury or death. Wembley remains in favour with Ceferin and UEFA, and the stadium will host its inaugural ‘Finalissima’ match between Italy and Argentina next month, as well as the final of the Women’s Euro later this summer.
People should feel safe in and around a football stadium. They should never ever feel danger and they felt danger. A UK and Ireland bid for Euro 2028 – where Wembley would almost certainly host the final – is also the strong favourite to succeed. But Ceferin insisted the lessons of last summer had to be learned. Continue Reading
Croatian star Ivan Perisicfound the back of the net in the colours of Inter Milan, but it was not enough for the Italian champions after hosts Bologna came from behind to beat the Nerazzuri at home thereby putting a massive dent to their quest to win the Italian Serie A title for the second consecutive season.