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  1. The argument you're referring to relates to football management, I believe. The data shows that black and minority people are under represented in football management roles. 33% of Premier League players are black or minority ethnic, but only 7% of managers are. In wider football, two thirds of black or minority ethnic managers don't get offered a second job: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/rooney-rule-black-managers-indisputable-data-football-jonathan-liew-a8379111.html So yes, based on that you'd have to say ethnic minority managers are overlooked in football.
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    News chit chat

    An overwhelming majority of "rioting age" people voted to Remain (71% of 18-24 year olds), and 82% of 16-17 years olds declared they would have voted Remain had they been allowed the vote. 60% of 50 to 64 year olds voted to leave as did 64% of those aged 65+. Against that demographic, a few far-right nutters aside, it seems your rioters would be Linda the 62 year old part time supermarket checkout lady from Boston and retired Peter from the pigeon club. Stay safe, everyone!
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    News chit chat

    Who, or what, though, would replace her? Johnson? Rees-Mogg? Just been reading up and the process is MPs would have 14 days to form a new government, this could involve a cross party allegiance of MPs who want to see Brexit through teaming up to run the country. Not only would that deliver a harder Brexit than May is offering, but it could conceivably shatter the Conservative and Labour parties as we know them. I'm no Tory voter but is any of the above actually preferable to dear old Theresa......?
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    News chit chat

    What do we reckon to the Brexit deal, then? I'd be all for a second referendum myself, but I have to say remaining in the customs union minus free movement gives both Remain and Leave people a little bit of what they want. Constitutionally it does present the issue of having to follow certain EU laws without having a say in how they're made. But putting flag waving and arguments on sovereignty to one side, given that EU laws are often better for ordinary people than domestic laws, is that actually as big a loss as some are making out? DUP reportedly not happy with the deal, though. The view to seems to be this deal won't get through Parliament......then what?
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    What's wrong with the UK?

    Talking of Remembrance Sunday, I watched the ceremony at the Cenotaph, observed the two minute silence and later in the day raised my glass to the memory of the fallen. I then settled down to watch German Bundesliga football in the afternoon, followed by the all Argentine Copa Libertadores final in the evening. Juxtaposition?
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    What's wrong with the UK?

    The thing is, I did think he looked less smart than the other politicians in attendance, but then he could hardly claim to represent people who rely on foodbanks if he turned up wearing a six grand cashmere coat. Seems he can't really win.
  7. See the extracts from below from this article: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/why-james-mcclean-doesnt-wear-poppy-west-brom-remembrance-poppy-appeal-a8037391.html "McClean was born and brought up in city of Derry, in Northern Ireland. He grew up on Creggan estate, where six of the people killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972 came from. Bloody Sunday was one of the most significant events of The Troubles conflict in the country, when British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march. McClean objects to wearing the poppy because the symbol commemorates military personnel who have died in war – and not just soldiers who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars." In 2015, McClean explained his stance in the West Brom matchday programme. “People say I am being disrespectful but don’t ask why I choose not to wear it,” McClean wrote. “If the poppy was simply about World War One and Two victims alone, I’d wear it without a problem. “I would wear it every day of the year if that was the thing but it doesn’t. It stands for all the conflicts that Britain has been involved in. Because of the history where I come from in Derry, I cannot wear something that represents that.” So his stance is nothing about Ireland staying out of the World Wars, it's about not wanting to be seen as supporting British troops who shot at unarmed Irish civilians. Myself, I wear a poppy with pride every year. But I can see and respect why someone with McLean's background would feel unable to do so without betraying their heritage. I would urge fans not to disrespect this player's beliefs by booing him today, not only would this show a lack of class but it would probably just wind him up to play better against us.
  8. In some countries performances liked that are revered. Look how well Italian sides (including the national team) have done over the years. For the first time in a long while we're not only in the playoff spaces but actually look competitive. Long live Karankaball.
  9. Is it time to accept Karankaball as a new football ethos at the City Ground? If today's result is anything to go by, the answer might be yes...
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    Fantasy Football

    Mid-table mediocrity this season. If my forwards score one week you can be sure the defence will concede. When the defence keep clean sheets, the forwards don't score. Not my season.
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    Burton away in the cup

    Remind me, is exposure in a retail shop window a criminal offence Germany? Now, more than ever, COME ON YOU REDS...........
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    Burton away in the cup

    Well I'll go this far, if we lose the game I'll bare my arse in Woolworths' window.
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    Burton away in the cup

    I get the feeling from the way results have gone so far that our squad will rise to the occasion for big games. We'll beat Sheffield United.
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    Burton away in the cup

    I know it was a deflection but don't they say never turn your back to the ball??
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    Burton away in the cup

    Come on, lads, let's not be a bunch of Victor Meldrews, let's have a bit of positivity and let's get behind the manager and the team! One win away from our best League Cup run since 1994!
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