Prince William says he is ‘fed up’ with racism in football

Prince calls for action on visit to London football club to discuss mental health outreach The Duke of Cambridge has said he is fed up with racism in football and said recent incidents had given the impression that progress on the issue was being reversed. Speaking on a visit to Hendon football club in north London, Prince William said racist abuse directed at plays for Inter Milan, was outrageous. William, who is president of the Football Association, met staff, coaches and fans at the non-league club on Friday to learn about their mental health outreach activities. During a conversation with coaches, he highlighted how abuse might be a difficult issue for players to discuss and said racism needed to be …

Tammy Abraham doubles up as Chelsea edge Norwich in five-goal thriller

Tammy Abraham scored twice as Chelsea secured their first win under Frank Lampard a 3-2 victory against Norwich at Carrow Road Frank Lampard stood in his technical area until the bitter end, a picture of tension as he urged his players on and applauded every tackle. This is what the job has done to Chelseas new manager. He was a bag of nerves until the sweet sound of Martin Atkinsons final whistle allowed him to march across the pitch and milk the applause of the adoring travelling support. After four games Lampard is finally off the mark, though he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement after gaining his first competitive win. Tammy Abraham was the hero …

Eni Aluko: We all have moments in life when our morals are called into question

When the striker called out racism in the England camp, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth it Eniola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than 100 times for England. She has scored some of the Lionesses most memorable goals, was the first female pundit on Match Of The Day, and is a qualified lawyer, having graduated from Brunel University London with a first in 2008. But it is as a whistleblower that she is destined to be best remembered. And, like many whistleblowers, she has spent the subsequent years being rubbished by those she exposed. Now she has written a memoir. They Dont Teach This is a fascinating …

Women’s World Cup: Should men be refereeing in France?

(CNN)In a crowded penalty box with the score 0-0 in the first half, Svenja Huth is standing a few yards from her opponent’s goalkeeper as Germany prepares to take a corner. Follow @cnnsport Eventually, referee Yoshimi Yamashita deemed Popp’s header a worthy goal, giving Germany a lead it would extend over the 90 minutes, sealing a 3-0 win over the Super Falcons to march towards the quarterfinals. Why has there been such a brouhaha about Huth positioning herself a few yards from Nigeria’s teenage goalkeeper? Though in an offside position, she was deemed not to be interfering with play, but the interpretation of the rules has not gone down well with many commentators. “I genuinely cannot understand what’s going on …

The superb Christiane Endler shows women don’t need smaller goals | Hope Solo

Goalkeeping is one of the last aspects of the game to develop in womens soccer. Thats down to lack of resources, not lack of talent Christiane Endler is the best female goalkeeper in the world. I was really excited to see her play against the United States and for the world to see how good she is. She sets the bar extremely high and shows what womens goalkeeping should be. The USA-Chile game could very likely have been 8-0 to the United States but Endler kept Chile in it, womens goals should be smaller because we are generally shorter than men but I keep telling people were not looking for average goalkeepers. We are looking for one in a million. …

The US scored 13 against Thailand but we still don’t know if they can defend

The Americans have a host of brilliant attacking players but it is their defenders who will most likely decide whether they can retain their World Cup title The USAs campaign to defend their Womens World Cup title could not have started more comfortably as the Americans seven attackers pushing toward goal and just three defenders at the back. Becky Sauerbrunn was officially left out because of a quad issue, but she may have actually been rested to conserve the minutes of the oldest and arguably most important defender on the team. The fact still remains: in the five matches USWNT have played against teams ranked in the top 10 this year, they have conceded multiple goals in all but one …

Maradona and Naples created an unearthly and sometimes dark magic. I was there | Ed Vulliamy

A new documentary doesnt capture the way an underdog city both beatified and ensnared its favourite son, says former Guardian Italy correspondent Ed Vulliamy Sundays would begin and end at a bar called Bollicine bubbles behind Piazza Leopardi station in the Fuorigrotta quarter of Naples. It was kept by a man called Enzo Cosenza, who also led choreography and singing in the citys football stadium. Thats where we spent the time in between, across the span of two years with season tickets, watching Diego Maradona defy the laws of gravity and physics with a football. I was working in Rome, but commuting from Naples for romantic reasons, and I soon fell in love with Maradona as well. Ahead of Asif …

Fulham relegated after Watfords Will Hughes opens the floodgates

Fulhams relegation from the Premier League was confirmed by a 4-1 defeat at Watford Another one bites the dust. Three days after against Everton their victory over Manchester United. But such an outcome looked unlikely during a first half in which the home sides performance was for the most part lamentable. Fulham fans try to keep their spirits up at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Within 10 minutes the away fans were lustily ol-ing every pass as Fulham dominated possession, and suggesting in somewhat crude terms that the fact that Aleksandar Mitrovic, back in the team after a stomach injury, had a headed effort however wide it went reflected poorly on their opponents. But in this early period, when …