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Lover of all things sport. Specialising in football, rugby league, cricket, MMA and professional wrestling. Always up for an intelligent conversation/debate.

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Exactly right, it’s a social issue not just limited to football. And people wonder why homosexual players are hesitant to out themselves while they’re still active in sport.

You are right when you say humans will always find something to hate and that’s just sad to think about

UEFA must send a message after Bulgarian racism storm

You’ve hit the nail on the head. Staying on the pitch and winning 6-0 sent a defiant message that racism won’t win. I’m proud of the way the players and the management handled the situation.

UEFA has a real opportunity here to set an example and with the platform they currently have I hope they do just that.

UEFA must send a message after Bulgarian racism storm

Empty stadiums and cutting out their revenue streams seems to be the only way that they will listen. It would be a bold move by UEFA but it’s one that needs to be done. Feel for the players but it needs to stop

UEFA must send a message after Bulgarian racism storm

Facts are facts and you’re spot on. Was he hired purely to keep Nathan?

When will Penrith realise their potential?

Well said Albo and I think that speaks to a deep rooted problem in the NRL. The Storm and Roosters are headband shoulders above all the other teams when it comes to roster management. They enter a season looking to win as opposed to the Panthers who were seemingly intent on developing.

Ultimately the Panthers are a club that will forever be a feeder club for the Storm/Roosters etc. Jennings, Sivo, DWZ, CHN, Blake, Cook (was on the books for a while!), Koroisau (he’s coming home thankfully), Graham, Austin, Moylan…the list goes on.

Salary cap constraints will always mean that the Panthers will never be able to hold on to all of their talented juniors unfortunately.

When will Penrith realise their potential?

Kikau is a great weapon to have on the edge but for much of the season of that option didn’t work there didn’t seem to be a plan b in place.

Maloney leaving is a huge void and it looks like they’re hoping that Luai will be able to fill that void although he is a long way off the quality of Maloney. Young Matt Burton impressed on debut against the Sharks and could come into contention.

When will Penrith realise their potential?

Great point regarding the transfer ban. It could definitely be a blessing in disguise as it does allow the conveyor belt of talent an opportunity to shine.

Chelsea fans are intelligent enough to know there’ll be lots of ups and downs this season but ultimately they’ll stand by Lampard and get behind their academy players. I think they may surprise a few people.

Tough start for Lampard

Arsenal could be a threat when they have their first choice defence back but if Chelsea can make the top 4 then that’s a massive win for Lampard.

The players do seem to enjoy his style of play much more than they did under Sarri but the worry is always naivety both with the manager and the players.

It’s going to be fascinating to see how Lampard tweaks throughout the season.

Tough start for Lampard

You make a good point with the substitutions. It’s not often talked about but substitutions are crucial in football and as Lampard gains more experience I’m sure this will be an aspect of his management that will improve.

Tough start for Lampard

Under the existing regime Newcastle are a circus but that wasn’t the case when Owen signed. They had finished a disappointing 14th the previous season but had made the semi finals of the FA Cup and the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup so the club wasn’t in a bad position compared to now.

Owen was going to be the signing that would reinvigorate the team and the city. On paper a strike force of Owen and Shearer was mouthwatering. Except Owen didn’t want to be there and it all spectacularly unravelled.

Michael Owen stirs up controversy

The important word there is disappointing and there’s no question Newcastle have disappointed in recent years. No major trophies for 50 years is testament to that.

Under Mike Ashley I don’t think we’ll be seeing the glory days returning anytime soon either.

Interestingly Newcastle play Liverpool next and its broadcast on BT Sport in the UK where a certain Michael Owen works as a pundit…

Michael Owen stirs up controversy