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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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So far, he has shocked a few. Long way to go but what a great start!

'Almost insane': Can the Olyroos shock the world or has Graham Arnold finally lost it?

100% agree and that is what I am encouraging every athlete at the games to do.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

‘Must’ is emphasising a personal belief, not suggesting a mandated rule which would be unworkable and clumsy. Nice try.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Article actually asked whether she is or not. In terms of what she has achieved in her context, she probably is. Have a cracking day!

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Please quote where I stated this is the best Matildas side of all time. Certainly the most talented individuals we have seen, yet far from showing it on the pitch on a consistent basis. You obviously know very little about the talent in this Kiwi side. Most playing abroad and ready to lift tonight.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

I prefer not to take such a dim view of humanity. We can do better and based on the sporting buffoonery on display everywhere we turn, need a strong and collective response. I understand you feel the taking of a knee is not the answer, but still don’t see any alternative solution presented, merely an existence of the status quo. In my view, that just ain’t good enough.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Who is my mate? And why would I state Sam Kerr will lead Australia to a gold medal when I don’t think she will?

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

You must have missed the realistic expectations for the Matildas and Olyroos that was published yesterday. If ‘give yourself an uppercut’ is the best you got, I happily concede victory to the footy show vibe.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

You seriously don’t think that the majority of people on the planet don’t want everyone to be treated equally and are sick of injustice, intolerance and bigotry?

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Well, you know. Ya reap what you sow “Birdy”.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Do you have their numbers?

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

Not suggesting some sort of requirement to do so, yet imagine the powerful statement of the collective doing so and the message it would send. It appears things are from from improving in this realm, some might even suggest things are even more fuelled with hatred. Something has to change and the Olympic stage may well be the best place to do so.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

No such thing as reverse racism. Isn’t defined from one side to another. All forms of intolerance are simply racism.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

It is an opinion piece, which I put my name to. Unlike some. And just for the record, I don’t see a desire to achieve equality and acceptance of all as political. I see it as human. It is the cynical voices that raise politics. Being capable of disagreeing with someone and not hating them is something more should aspire to be able to do.

All 11,500 athletes in Tokyo should be taking a knee

I can just imagine Kosmina’s short and blunt response to anyone who dared seek out his interest. Looks to be loving life and more than happy to be out of that caper.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

This is a very good point. Although I have also heard some interesting whispers about a certain Wollongong coach, Hayden Foxe and Kenny Miller at Western Sydney. Apparently on the radar of a few ‘interested parties’.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

Young Tom was superb on HYBPA, I tape and watch it each week with my kids and was utterly stunned to see him on. Great to see.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

Not sure there is any evidence in there that it would be a ‘step up’. Alen’s next move will be a fascinating one. He’s been very tight lipped.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

I guess the pandemic really forced the hands of many managers and the youth showed exactly why they should be invested in further. Really changed my view on the league. A couple of highly marquees might be enough for every club moving forward. Having imports sitting on the bench really does look silly and hampers that emergence of talent.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

Moon appears to have set things up nicely in that regards. He would do well to continue in the same vein.

Western United sign John Aloisi as manager, but why?

Ain’t that the truth. What a disgusting performance. Disrespectful to the winners as well. They should also comment on the buffoons. What has changed in 50 years I ask?

English fans deserve to lose if they boo the Italian anthem

Embarrassing behaviour Big Mig, however, as others have pointed out, it is everyone’s responsibility. This time around it happens to fall on the home fans in London and frankly, they have not done to best job thus far. Let’s hope there is a real sense of class tomorrow morning and we witness a cracking game.

English fans deserve to lose if they boo the Italian anthem

See above The Gas, have penned far more fiery words about other nations, situations and incidents. As I’ve said quite clearly, I grew up supporting England as a kid based on it being the only source of football that I was able to view. Maybe if I take my kit out and put it on things would be different?

English fans deserve to lose if they boo the Italian anthem

Have written specifically about some of the scary racism occurring in northern Europe and rather passionately too I recall. Everyone’s responsibility and England and Italy’s tonight.

English fans deserve to lose if they boo the Italian anthem

Perhaps Kramer, yet as I did point out in the piece, negative comment is based on old stereotypes and England was far from alone as a culprit. I’m just hoping things are classy at Wembley tomorrow.

English fans deserve to lose if they boo the Italian anthem

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