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The Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts promotion based in the United States, annually hosts UFC pay-per-views, Fight Nights, and TUF Finales.

The UFC’s first event, UFC 1, took place on the 12th of November, 1993 and since then UFC has been traditionally hosting UFC PPVs and other events. Each UFC event contains several fights and these fight cards start off with preliminary card followed by the main card. The second last fight on the card is known as the co-main event and the last fight is known as the main event. By the end of a UFC event, vital UFC News surrounding the fights take the internet by storm.

The UFC Schedule is separated into seven different formats:

  • UFC Pay-Per-Views
  • UFC on ESPN
  • UFC on Fox
  • UFC Fight Nights
  • The Ultimate Fighter Finale
  • UFC on FX
  • UFC on Fuel TV
  • UFC Live

In 2019, UFC has hosted a total of 23 events thus far, including seven pay-per-views. The likes of Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, and Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo have all featured in UFC main events this year.

What are UFC pay-per-views?

UFC PPVs are a type of pay television service which allows a viewer to purchase events to view via their private televisions. UFC pay-per-views usually feature one (or more) title fight(s) as the event’s respective co-main and main event.

The first UFC pay-per-view, UFC 1: The Beginning, was held on the 12th of November, 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. The attendance for UFC 1 was estimated at 7,800 with a total buyrate of 86,000.

The main event of UFC 1 featured Royce Gracie and Gerard Gordeau with Gracie winning the fight via rear-naked choke submission within 1.44 seconds of the fight.

The highest live attendance in UFC history belongs to UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm, as 56,214 people filled the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Here are the overall top 5 highest live attendance in UFC history:

  • UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm (56,214)
  • UFC 129: Georges St.Pierre vs Jake Shields (55,274)
  • UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic (45,207)
  • UFC 124: Georges St. Pierre vs Josh Koscheck 2 (23,152)
  • UFC 97: Redemption (21, 451)

Here are the top 5 US highest live attendance in UFC history:

  • UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor (20,427)
  • UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor (20,034)
  • UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler (19,324)
  • UFC 68: Timothy Sylva vs Randy Couture (19,049)
  • UFC 203: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem (18,875)

The biggest gates in UFC history belongs to UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor at the Madison Square Garden which recorded a total gate of $17,700,000.

Here are the top 5 biggest gates in UFC history:

  • UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor ($17,700,000)
  • UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor ($17,200,000)
  • UFC 129: Georges St.Pierre vs Jake Shields ($12,075,000)
  • UFC 200: Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes ($10,700,000)
  • UFC 194: Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor ($10,500,000)

Here are the top 5 highest Pay-Per-View buys in UFC history:

  • UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor (2,400,000)
  • UFC 202: Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor (1,600,000)
  • UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz (1,317,000)
  • UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir (1,300,000)
  • UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor (1,300,000)

Here are the top 5 highest Pay-Per-View buys for a non-championship main event:

  • UFC 202: Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor (1,600,000)
  • UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz (1,317,000)
  • UFC 114: Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans (1,050,000)
  • UFC 141: Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem (750,000)
  • UFC 183: Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz (650,000)

Here are the top 5 lowest Pay-Per-View buys in UFC history:

  • UFC 42: Matt Hughes vs Sean Sherk (35,000)
  • UFC 35: Jens Pulver vs B.J. Penn (35,000)
  • UFC 45: Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg (40,000)
  • UFC 39: Randy Couture vs Ricco Rodriguez (40,000)
  • UFC 38: Matt Hughes vs Carlos Newton (45,000)

Here are the top 5 fighters who spent most total fight time in the UFC:

  • Frankie Edgar (7 h, 12 mins)
  • Rafael Dos Anjos (6 h, 28 mins)
  • Demian Maia (6 h, 18 mins)
  • Diego Sanchez (6 h, 08 mins)
  • Michael Bisping (6 h, 05 mins)

Here are the top 5 fighters who spent most total fight time in the UFC by division:

  • Heavyweight: Roy Nelson (3 h, 22 mins)
  • Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones (5 h, 11 mins)
  • Middleweight: Michael Bisping (4 h, 58 mins)
  • Welterweight: Georges St-Pierre (5 h, 28 mins)
  • Lightweight: Gleison Tibau (4 h, 45 mins)
  • Featherweight: Cub Swanson (3 h, 07 mins)
  • Bantamweight: Urijah Faber (3 h, 29 mins)
  • Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson (3h, 50 mins)
  • Women’s Featherweight: Holly Holm (50 mins)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate (2 h, 05 mins)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko (1 h, 04 mins)
  • Women’s Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (2 h, 33 mins)

Here are the top 5 fighters who spent most total fight time in the UFC in title bouts:

  • Jon Jones (4 h, 14 mins)
  • Goerges St-Pierre (4 h, 14 mins)
  • Demetrious Johnson (3 h, 45 mins)
  • Randy Couture (3 h, 33 mins)
  • B.J. Penn (3 h, 24 mins)

Here are the top 5 fighters who spent most total fight time in the UFC by division in most PPV main events:

  • Randy Couture (18)
  • Anderson Silva (17)
  • Tito Ortiz (16)
  • Jon Jones (14)
  • Georges St-Pierre (13)

Here are the 5 fighters with the most wins in UFC:

  • Donald Cerrone (23)
  • Demian Maia (21)
  • Jim Miller (20)
  • Michael Bisping (20)
  • Georges St-Pierre (20)

Here are the 5 fighters with the most wins in UFC as per divisions:

  • Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (17)
  • Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones (19)
  • Middleweight: Michael Bisping (16)
  • Welterweight: Georges St-Pierre (19)
  • Lightweight: Jim Miller (19)
  • Featherweight: Max Holloway (16)
  • Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw (12)
  • Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson (13)
  • Women’s Featherweight: Cris Cyborg (4)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes (10)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Gillian Robertson, Valentina Shevchenko (4)
  • Women’s Strawweight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9)

Here are the 5 fighters with the most wins in UFC in a title fight:

  • Jon Jones (13)
  • Georges St-Pierre (13)
  • Demetrious Johnson (12)
  • Anderson Silva (11)
  • Matt Hughes (9)
  • Randy Couture (9)

Here are the 5 fighters with the highest win percentage in the UFC:

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (100%)
  • Kamaru Usman (100%)
  • Jon Jones (95%)
  • Tony Ferguson (93.75%)
  • Daniel Cormier (91.67%)
  • Amanda Nunes (91.67%)
  • Colby Covington (91.67%)

Here are the most consecutive win streaks in the UFC:

  • Anderson Silva (16)
  • Jon Jones (13)
  • Demetrious Johnson (13)
  • Goerges St-Pierre (13)
  • Max Holloway (13)

Here are the 5 most finishes in UFC history:

  • Donald Cerrone (16)
  • Vitor Belfort (14)
  • Anderson Silva (14)
  • Frank Mir (13)
  • Matt Hughes (13)
  • Joe Lauzon (12)

Here are the 5 most finishes in title bouts in UFC history:

  • Anderson Silva (9)
  • Matt Hughes (8)
  • Demetrious Johnson (7)
  • Ronda Rousey (6)
  • Jon Jones (6)

Here are the 5 most fastest finishes in UFC history:

  • Jorge Masvidal (5 seconds vs Ben Askren)
  • Duane Ludwig (6 seconds vs Jonathan Goulet)
  • Chan Sung Jung (6 seconds vs Mark Hominick)
  • Todd Duffee (7 seconds vs Tim Hague)
  • Ryan Jimmo (7 seconds vs Anthony Perosh)

Here are the 5 most fastest finishes in title bouts in UFC history:

  • Conor McGregor (13 seconds vs Jose Aldo)
  • Ronda Rousey (14 seconds vs Cat Zingano)
  • Andrei Arlovski (15 seconds vs Paul Buentillo)
  • Ronda Rousey (16 seconds vs Alexis Davis)
  • Frank Shamrock (16 seconds vs Kevin Jackson)

Here are the 5 most latest finishes in UFC history:

  • Demetrious Johnson (4.59 seconds vs Kyoji Horiguchi)
  • Yair Rodriguez (4.59 seconds vs Chan Sung Jung)
  • Frankie Edgar (4.56 seconds vs Cub Swanson)
  • Demetrious Johnson (3.43 seconds vs John Moraga)
  • Miesha Tate (3.30 seconds vs Holly Holm)

Here are the 5 most latest finishes in title bouts in UFC history:

  • Demetrious Johnson (4.59 seconds vs Kyoji Horiguchi)
  • Demetrious Johnson (3.43 seconds vs John Moraga)
  • Miesha Tate (3.30 seconds vs Holly Holm)
  • Anderson Silva (3.10 seconds vs Chael Sonnen)
  • Cain Velasquez (3.09 seconds vs Junior Dos Santos)

What are UFC Fight Nights?

UFC Fight Night events are the shows which are produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and these shows can generally be seen on TV. The events are aired on ESPN and ESPN+. Usually, the UFC Fight Night cards feature lower-ranked fighters on the card and are not considered as ‘strong’ as UFC pay-per-views. However, despite not featuring ‘strong’ fight cards, there are vital UFC News which revolve around these Fight Night events. The UFC Fight Night events are generally commentated on by Kenny Florian and Jon Anik.

The first Ultimate Fight Night event took place on August 6th, 2005 (billed as Ultimate Fight Night 1) featured a main event between Nate Marquardt and Ivan Salaverry, with the former coming out victorious via decision.

Through 2011-2018, the UFC aired Fight Night events on Fox Sports (billed as UFC on Fox) after agreeing to a seven-year deal with them in August of 2011. Throughout the deal, the UFC aired programs including UFC Fight Night, Road to the Octagon, and The Ultimate Fighter. The broadcast partnership between Fox and the UFC ended at by the end of 2018, as the UFC agreed to a new deal with ESPN that began in January of 2019.

UFC on Fox 1 (November 12, 2011) featured a UFC Heavyweight Championship main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, with the latter coming out victorious via first-round KO and winning the title. Throughout the years, the UFC has also featured notable fighters on these UFC on Fox cards, including the likes of Nate Diaz, current Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko, Robbie Lawler, and current Interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier.

On February 17, 2018, the UFC aired their first event on ESPN, featuring the main event between Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez (who also main evented the first UFC on Fox event). Ngannou defeated Velasquez via first-round KO.
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WOW CLASSIC FOR DUMMIES: A GUIDE TO ALL THINGS OLD SCHOOL

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The official release of World of Warcraft Classic is looming, and all the long-time players are here for it. If you were lucky enough to catch BlizzCon back in 2017, or have seen the footage from the event, chances are this news isn’t really anything new to you. However, for those of you who have just been recently starting out, Classic WoW was announced during the BlizzCon event in 2017. There was even a short cinematic clip that featured Chromie to reveal the game update! If you’re interested in knowing more about the update that’s coming soon, then our guide for everything you need to know about WoW classic is sure to help you in that department.

What exactly is WoW Classic?

WoW Classic is a special version that’ll be implemented with a patch update of the World of Warcraft that we know today. Basically, it’s the original version of the first World of Warcraft without its bells and whistles. Featuring old character models, complex skill trees, the wretched PvPHonor Grind, and zones that have not been touched by the Cataclysm’s destruction, this version of WoWallows players to relive the first time they played WoW when it was launched all those years ago.
A demo of this version was showcased in BlizzCon 2017, where a number of convention goers were able to get a taste of things to come. Furthermore, there was a WoW Classic Beta launched back in May 15 with only a limited number of invites, meaning there are no beta keys available.

Do I Need to Pay A Subscription to Play WoW Classic?

In order to gain access to Wow Classic, you’ll need to pay the monthly WoW subscription. There will be no additional cost besides that. The regular subscription will cost you about $15 (or 10 Euros) per month. World of Warcrafthas always been subscription-based, so if you want to play the full game (that includes the WoW Classic patch), you’ll have to cough up a few bucks once a month.

When will WoW Classic Be Released?

WoW Classic is scheduled to be released this summer, August 27, 2019. The version will be set to Patch 1.12, Drums of War. This will be a global release, so the times for each region may vary. As of now, there are stress tests being conducted in which many more players will be invited compared to the beta launch. All of the races and classes will be available to pick from, but the maximum level you can reach during these stress sets are pretty low to prevent you from progressing further.

The stress tests are scheduled as follows:

  • First Test: May 22 – May 23
  • Second Test: June 19 – June 20
  • Third Test: July 18 – July 19

If you didn’t make it into these dates, then you’re out of luck. The stress tests will only take about a few hours, but players will still be able to play on the beta version for a day once the tests are done. Other than that, you can play the full game to your heart’s content when the full version is released.

Are There Any Differences Between WoW Classic and WoW Vanilla?

Blizzard has added a few extra things in WoW Classic to make your experience more enjoyable. First off, the class and race combinations are much more different than the usual WoW that we’ve grown accustomed to. There will be only eight races and nine classes to start with, as opposed to having 12. You can’t change your race and faction in WoW Classic, so picking the race that you absolutely want is important as each race comes with several unique stats and combinations of classes that are exclusive to them. Another thing worth noting is that loot trading will be added in raids to make your life easier. With loot trading, you can finally get the items that you want from a friend by trading in your possession instead of shelling out any wowc gold!

 

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BLAST THESE BLIGHTED TOWERS: PATH OF EXILE’S NEWEST LEAGUE

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An odd, creeping fungus has invaded Wraeclast. Sister Cassia figured out that the best way to deal with it is to drain the oil from the fungal cysts. However, the mind-controlling mold will go to extreme lengths just to protect itself. It’ll send a signal to its thralls to come and protect it from the oil-sucking device threatening to destroy it.

What that means for you, the exile, is that tower defense mechanics are coming to Path of Exile. That means more opportunities to earn PoE orbs, loot, and other neat stuff!

In More Detail

Every map will have this pulsing fungal cyst somewhere. Once you find it, you can commence with the minigame. Starting it will spawn paths along which nodes will appear. These paths are where the thralls will come from. The nodes along it are where you can put your defensive structures. The structures range in function. Some can slow down the approaching horde and others can damage them.

That doesn’t mean you’re going to be a passive participant in the defense, though. The towers’ job is to stall, and you still have to finish the job yourself. The fungus’s sprawling tendrils cover a wide area, so you still have to zip and dash around in the usual way of the game.

Defend the siphon successfully and you can get a variety of useful and valuable rewards!

The Rewards

It’s not a league without the usual rewards. More loot to collect awaits you, as well as a new system to improve your effectivity in the league. The latter involves the oil you collect from successful defenses and destroyed cysts. You can use them to upgrade your jewelry or access otherwise unreachable passive skills. Other potential rewards are rings that will enhance your capability and buff your defense towers.

Gather enough oils and you can get certain pieces of equipment that can be upgraded with the said resource. They will also have the ability to grant access to notable passive skills, so don’t miss the chance to get them!

Other Notable Changes

Here are a few quality-of-life changes for this new league. Notably, the new features of the Blight League will not override existing implicit effects. Features from the Legion and Synthesis Leagues will also make a comeback, albeit in different forms.

Certain classes also have tweaks here and there. Summoners will get three new gems to boost their abilities. A wider variety of minion choices awaits Necromancers, along with the new Carrion Golem. Poison Assassins get a bunch of buffs that will let them bounce back from their previous nerfs. Mine Saboteurs will have fun with their new mine mechanics, such as chain activation and new mine types.

You’ll also have the option to save up those endgame side-missions such as Delve and Incursion. Binging on these quests will finally be possible!

With all these new features and changes, the options to farm PoE currency increase, as well as the potential for fun. The Blight update infects Wraeclast on September 6, so get ready for a game-changing experience!

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A third of shareholders from Sports Direct vote against Mike Ashley being re-elected

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Nearly one-third of autonomous shareholders voted against Mike Ashley continuing to be Sports Direct’s chief executive, criticizing the bad corporate governance of the company.

Ashley controls 62% of the business, but 31% of the other shareholders who voted against him at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the business cast their votes. The vote came as Sports Direct admitted that after the incumbent, Grant Thornton, resigned at the sparsely attended shareholder conference of the retailer in London, he no longer had an auditor. So far, the retailer has been unable to convince any other auditing company to take on the task.

Grant Thornton stepped down following the announcement in July of the messy annual outcomes of the retailer. The company said it could not issue profit guidance for the year ahead after more than 10 hours of delays as it had received an unexpected Belgian € 674 m (£ 605 m) tax bill. The financial director of the company also quit.

Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the discussion-directly sent to you Read more The new finance director of the retailer, Chris Wootton, said on Wednesday that Sports Direct was “going through a process” to appoint a fresh auditor but did not say how long it would take.

Sports Direct must now officially notify business secretary Andrea Leadsom within a week of failing to appoint an auditor under the Companies Act. If it doesn’t, it’s going to face a fine.

If and when all other attempts to do so have been exhausted, Leadsom has the authority to appoint an auditor. Whether she will step in is not evident, but as a listed company, Sports Direct must have an auditor in place by the moment its provisional findings are announced on December 12. If it did not submit audited accounts, its shares could be suspended by the end of January.

Audit specialists said that usually a fresh auditor would have been lined up by Sports Direct months earlier. They said a company would usually have to begin working on the provisional statistics just before the half-year end of Sports Direct at the end of October.

Ashley said he was paying close attention to the accounts to make sure they were “easy and conservative” because most of his private property was bound up in the business.

“If I don’t execute[ stocks] I’m in trouble. I’ve only got a distinct view. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but we’re going to get there, “he said.

Ashley said that for years to come, the business was unlikely to pay a dividend while investing in enhancing Fraser House and Sports Direct shops. It paid £ 90 m to purchase Fraser’s House out of administration in August 2018 and described the business as “terminal” in its final year results, adding that it probably shouldn’t have purchased the department store chain with the advantage of hindsight.

Shares of the retailer were mainly flat at 264p, but they dropped from 350p a year ago. They changed hands at more than 800p four years ago.

Ashley said Sports Direct’s future depended on moving away from its long-standing business model of “piling it high, selling it cheap,” and towards more upmarket products. He said “elevation is our golden ticket” and he wanted to open more stores like a converted BHS in Leicester, which contains a Sports Direct as well as the upmarket Flannels fashion shop and streetwear outlet USC for the group.

“It’s going on, it’s coming, it’s just not as quick as I want it,” said Ashley. “I want to click my fingers, and tomorrow I’ll have 100 Leicesters… God they’re taking some cash,” he said.

In an excentric blast, however, Ashley then informed shareholders not to purchase anything from the annual conference on Oxford Street in central London in the Flannels shop downstairs. “For a couple of shoes or a cap, it’s eye-watering what some of the rates are,” he said.

Richard Bottomley, a non-executive director, said Sports Direct required to improve its corporate governance and insisted that changes were being made by the business. “For us as an organization, corporate governance is essential and[ something] that we are well conscious of and discuss,” he said.

Ashley, however, said he had no intention of conducting a review of corporate governance norms as he had promised once. He insisted that he was not a “pantomime villain” and that distributing £ 50 m bonuses to full-time employees placed him “roads ahead of others.”

John Gray from the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, which represents about £ 100 m of Sports Direct stocks, criticized the business for dismissing its call for an autonomous corporate governance assessment and ignoring demands for a conference.

Gray asked: “Can you clarify why you found it hard to have appropriate experience in getting an auditor and non-executive directors?”About 15 shareholders attending the conference, Bottomley said that there was” no argument “with Grant Thornton, but Sports Direct was disappointed by the delay with its outcomes.

Grant Thornton is under close scrutiny by the accounting regulator and the retailer’s inability to disclose a transaction with a business owned by Ashley’s brother was under inquiry at the moment of the Sports Direct outcomes.

Wootton said that Sports Direct had “complete trust in our figures.”

“Media loves to make this kind of thing sensational. We’re undergoing a process. We have a conservative, consistent and simple account for things, “he said.

He added that Sports Direct had met with the Belgian tax officials more than once to discuss his heavy bill and continued to think that it was “less than likely to be a material liability.”

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Poker Players Get Heads-Up In World Poker Event Series, Fall In Love, And Marry

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Maybe he got the bracelet, but she got the ring.

At the 2018 World Series of Poker, France’s Julien Martini defeated Washington’s Kate Hoang head-up in the $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event to win the first-place $239,771 prize, as well as the heart of his opponent.

Despite fighting as rivals for four days, it was struck off by the two poker pros, and they are now married a little more than a year later.
Martini went on to finish third in the $10,000 razz case for another $134,587 before putting another $377,910 in his pocket for a runner-up finish in an EPT side case. He completed second for $2,974,000 in the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship buy-in in January.

Hoang is an eight-or-better Omaha expert on her own. She completed second for $182,281 in the 2016 $3,000 pot-limit version of the case, and she also completed the next year’s $10,000 buy-in.

Poker Online couples at the tables fighting against it, of course, is nothing new. Ivan Luca and Maria Lampropoulos cut together a main event of the Eureka Poker Tour in 2016. Tim Reilly pulled his wife Ness out of a main event at the WSOP Circuit in April 2018, while both players were in the cash already.

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THE FOOTBALLING RACE ROW ROLLS ON

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Back in the seventies and eighties racism in football was rife but in the following decade the sport seemed to get a grip of the issues.

Now, aided by the wide reaching voice provided by social media platforms, racial abuse is rearing it’s ugly head again and, if nothing is done, the sport we all love runs the risk of failing to be the ‘beautiful game’.

In just the last few weeks,  Manchester United pair Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, along with Chelsea’s young England forward Tammy Abraham, have been subjected to online abuse after missing penalties. Abraham’s teammate Kurt Zouma received his own vile abuse – again on social media – after inadvertently turning past his own keeper in his teams recent home match with Sheffield United. 

It’s not limited to the top tiers of football though and Reading, who play in the Championship in England, saw their player Yakou Meite receive messages online, again after a missed spot kick. After this weekend’s fixtures the abuse was highlighted further when Inter Milan’s big money summer signing Romelu Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants during a match with Cagliari.

It’s hardly a new thing but the frequency of the reports is becoming an almost weekly occurrence and it has to stop. The trouble is, some people – including fans, players, coaches, social media companies and even the footballing authorities – don’t seem to take it seriously.

Inter Milan, the side Lukaku is hoping to fire to silverware this season, saw their supporters group release a statement labelling the monkey chants as a mark of ‘respect’ not racism. Whilst the fans responsible for that open letter don’t represent the entirety, it does prove there is a mentality on the terraces that these instances are not an issue.

What about those within the game then? Well, just five months ago, Moise Kean – now of Everton – was peppered with abuse at the same ground as Lukaku whilst a Juventus player. What did his manager, Massimiliano Allegri, have to say? That Kean ‘shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner’. Kean’s captain, Leonardo Bonucci was equally questionable with his comments claiming the ‘blame’ for the abuse was ‘50/50’.

The governing body responsible for Serie A condemned the actions but failed to leverage any penalty; then again, that’s the same committee that failed to act when Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch after suffering racial taunts – again at Cagliari. Muntari, a former Ghanaian international, received his second caution for leaving the field of play and was subsequently banned.

This article isn’t aimed solely at Cagliari fans or Italian football though. Most nations have had their fair share of issues; in December 2018 Raheem Sterling complained of being on the end of some offensive insults with Chelsea subsequently issuing a lifetime ban whilst Luis Suarez and John Terry have both caused storms in the English game for their choice of words to opposing players – both were fined and issued with bans by the English FA.

In Spain there have been a couple of well-documented examples; Dani Alves was targeted with a banana missile during a match against Villarreal – who were fined €12,000 – a few years back and more recently Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak questioned Javier Tebas, the La Liga president, on his moral compass.

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That’s just three leagues, albeit three of the biggest leagues in the world, showing examples of significant racism and the problems are widespread across, if not the world, then certainly the whole of Europe. So what is the outcome?

Social media bosses constantly defend their policies despite their seemingly poor attempts to prevent and promptly remove posts of a racial nature. The authorities of the respective competitions do next to nothing so the responsibility will ultimately fall to the players. 

Will they come off social media denying true fans of a connection with them? It would stop the ‘keyboard warriors’ to a certain extent and it would certainly get the attention of the relevant media platform. They could walk off the pitch but who wins? It’s not the player or their team, it’s not the true supporters. At best, it’s nobody and at worst it’s a victory for racism.

Clubs need to identify the culprits and ban them. Authorities need to come down hard on clubs who commit offences; a paltry fine to a club is not a deterrent to a racist in the stands. Close stands, dock points. Yes, the true fans would get caught up in that as well but they’d soon point out the poisonous trouble makers for genuine punishment.

The alternative is that the game loses – or stops producing – some of it’s star players. It sounds far fetched. It’s not. Racism isn’t just an issue in football; think about Colin Kaepernick, he effectively sacrificed his career in the NFL for his beliefs and that movement has filtered through the professional leagues, into college football and beyond and the same could easily happen to association football if we’re not careful.

Racism is more to the victim than a few hurtful sounds or words typed on a keyboard and there will come a point where one, two or more of the players have enough – unless a change happens now.

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