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The gay footballer Twitter account

David Feakins
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It’s amazing to think that, in 2019, there are no players who identify as LGBTQ+ in the top tiers of men’s football in the UK. Although former Aston Villa midfielder, Thomas Hitzlsperger, recently came out, he did not do so until after he had...

Esports: Fortnite World Cup $30m prize pool

David Feakins
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Taking the esport world by storm, the first Fortnite World Cup has recently finished. With a $30 million prize pool (around £24 million) being awarded to the competitors, the event provided the biggest prize pool ever seen at an esports event. With...

Esports: professional Fortnite gamer sues Faze Clan

David Feakins
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Professional esports gamer, Tfue, is suing his esports team, Faze Clan. Tfue is one of the most popular professionals on the game Fortnite. He is taking legal action against esports team, Faze Clan, as he alleges they are limiting his opportunities as a...

Emiliano Sala transfer - Will a transfer fee be payable?

David Feakins
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It has been reported that Premier League club, Cardiff City, are refusing to pay French Ligue 1 club, Nantes, an agreed £15 million transfer fee for striker Emiliano Sala. Sala sadly died, along with pilot David Ibbotson, when the aircraft they were...

Sporting injuries and a club's duty of care

David Feakins
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Athletes put their bodies on the line when playing sports and, as a result, they become prone to injury. However, recent incidences have highlighted the extent of a club’s duty of care to their athletes. Oxygen supply Last month, Charlton...

Discrimination in Sports

David Feakins
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Discrimination in sports has received a lot of media attention in the past month or so. Former England women coach Mark Sampson was investigated for allegations of racial discrimination against England player, Eniola Aluko, as well as for “breaching...

Cyclist failed to prove she was an employee or worker

Julie Temple
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There has been an increasing number of high-profile cases in recent years considering whether individuals are employees, workers or self-employed. Most have gone in favour of the individual, lending some weight to the idea (which has increasing support in my...

The growing world of esports

David Feakins
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As technology improves each year, the world of esports is growing more and more popular. There is now a large number of professional esports teams that participate in a variety of different game formats. The growth of esports is only expected to continue....

Sodje brothers jailed for taking charity money

David Feakins
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It was recently revealed that a sporting family embezzled cash from their own charity, the Sodje Sports Foundation, which had been set up in 2009 to provide sporting facilities in Nigeria. Ex-rugby player Bright Sodje and ex-footballers Stephen Sodje and...

Game, Set and....Fix?

David Feakins
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As Andy Murray waved goodbye to tennis fans at the Australian Open, a much more sinister story emerged from the world of tennis. Months of investigations have led to the arrest of Grigor Sargsyan, an individual who is the suspected ringleader of an...

Mourinho Faces Legal Claim From Eva Carneiro

Reggie Lloyd
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It has been reported that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC are to be sued by Eva Carneiro for constructive dismissal and it seems sex discrimination. What is noteworthy about this case is that it is based on an incident where a football player, Eden Hazard, was...

Ingleton Wood football day

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The team arrived at Rushmere Sports Club, having successfully ignored the ‘Road Closed’ sign that diverted so many others attending the event. Our reward awaited us: a hog roast. All we had to do was ensure we were still standing after 4 intense...

Sex discrimination in sport - men are making a splash!

Tim Ogle
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This week, BBC news released an article titled ‘ Why can’t men be synchronised swimmers ?’ It reports that despite men being allowed to compete in the sport for the first time at the World Aquatics Championships this weekend in Russia, the...

FRP triathlon for Havens Hospice

Peter Allen
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  Yesterday, we entered the inaugrural FRP triathlon at Gosfield Lake in aid of Little Havens Hospice. A last minute substitute was required due to Martin’s injury with Kevin Sullivan taking his place on the run.  ...

Olympic mountain bike track opening to public

Tim Ogle
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Original news item  – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-32509850 I see that the London 2012 Olympic mountain bike track is opening to the public. That’s great, but you won’t see me there I’m afraid. I can only watch...

Leeds score in High Court

Tim Ogle
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I have been a Leeds fan since the glory days of Harvey, Madeley, Reaney, Charlton, Lorimer, Clarke, the Gray brothers, Giles etc in the 1970s so was delighted to hear of their victory in the High Court recently. The court held that the club was entitled to...

Scarlett Anderson - Cadet Dinghy sailor

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During my first week here in Weymouth at the National Championships Hurricane Bertha decided to storm through Portland for most of the week so I was very reluctant to use my brand new spinnaker so that it wouldn’t get damaged. It turned out to be a...

Scarlett Anderson - championships week continued...

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Day 2 Didn’t go as well as yesterday as the tail end of hurricane Bertha came through and as Amy and I are quite light, we struggled and we finished with a 15th and 36th putting us down to 12th place. Day 3 Today saw the wind at 10 to 12 knots,...

Gemma Kersey - End of season update

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So this year has been very sporadic. I came into the summer season off of the best winter of my life. Things began to really progress after having such a heart ache last year with my biomechanics. I worked hard with my physiotherapist for a year and...

Birkett Long vs Sound Financial

Keith Songhurst
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On a muggy summer’s evening at Hutton Cricket Club, the Birkett Long cricket team took to the pitch for its first game in a year against Sound Financial.  We don’t get out much these days but the opportunity to combine a pleasant evening in...

Failure to wear a cycle helmet and the consequences of contributory negligence in personal injury claims

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With the Tour de France fast approaching, and the UK experiencing hot weather and sunny days, cyclists can be spotted out and about taking full advantage of the glorious weather. The temptation to get on your bike without a safety helmet seems to be high...

Licensing and FIFA World Cup

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Pursuant to provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 the Secretary of State has issued SI 2014/1294 for the special occasion of Brazil hosting the FIFA World Cup. Many of the games kick off late in the evening and finish after 11pm. It is likely many pubs and...

Nuclear Rush race - mad for mud

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On Sunday 11th May, a handful of Birkett Long’s (mad for mud) solicitors took part in the Nuclear Race at Kelvedon Hatch. Setting off on a rather cold Sunday morning sporting their finest lycra and old trainers, Tim Ogle embarked on the 12km muddy...

Nuclear Rush 2014 - Kelvedon Hatch

Tim Ogle
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If you look carefully, you will see some of the tougher members of the BL team, about to take on the Nuclear Rush at Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood on Sunday. We chose either the 6 or 12 km run, through the mud, water and 55 obstacles that lay ahead of us, in...

Braintree Skyline 5 mile road race

Tim Ogle
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Two of Birkett Long’s finest were flying the flag on Sunday, competing at the Braintree Skyline 5 mile road race. Yes, we two young whipper snappers, Reggie Lloyd and myself, were amongst the 400 or so who turned up to run, or plod along in our case....

Colchester RFC 2013/14

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The rugby season has final come to an end (if you exclude the odd 7s tournament) and for Colchester it has been another successful year, although not quite as successful as we would have hoped. The winners of our league gain automatic promotion to the...

Is it the taking part that counts?

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Within family law, when it comes to deciding issues in respect of children the matter always boils down to one question, “what is in that child’s best interests?”. It’s a complex question and the court have a fairly wide discretion...

David Moyes - dismissed

Tim Ogle
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I see that David Moyes has finally been dismissed. I suspect that the ACAS code of practice won’t come into play on this one and that he will be richly paid off, with one report quoting as much as £10m. That’s £1m per month…...

Tim's campaign for better football commentating...

Tim Ogle
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A frequent sporting irritation of mine is sloppy football commentating. How many times will a commentator say “..and he beat the keeper but it went narrowly wide..”? Well, the fact is, it didn’t beat the keeper, as it didn’t, and...

Gemma Kersey - 2014 is off to a flying start

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So far 2014 has been good to me – I am gradually getting in the shape I’ve wanted to be in! I started 2014 with a County cross country win and I saw myself flying off to Seville to claim my second England cross country vest this winter! I began...

Sexuality and sport

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When will this stop being an issue? Why can’t the UK lead the way? When will the rest of the World catch up? In a way, I feel that by writing this I’m contributing to the problem as, ultimately, we all want to get to a place where there...

Zero hours contracts - "a fair deal"

Tim Ogle
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I see that following the BIS’s information gathering on zero hours contracts, Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has announced that the Government will launch a consultation on tackling suspected abuse, to ensure that employees get ‘a fair...

Rugby team heavily beaten

Tim Ogle
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Zero hours contracts are much in the news right now, but I certainly didn’t expect them to get on to the sports field. Apparently, part of the reason why Holyhead recently lost 181-0 to Llanidloes in the welsh rugby Swalec Div 3 North game was because...