MANCHESTER, England (AP) FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior in 2018 World Cup host Russia. FIFA wrote to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.” “I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,” task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told The Associated Press on Sunday. “The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which need continuous attention. “I personally think there remained a lot of very serious work for the task force to
At age 30, Wayne Rooney is no longer good enough to play for Manchester United in the Premier League. Frankly, Rooney is a captain without a position on United because he is simply not good enough to play anywhere on the park at this point in his career. With Rooney left out of the starting lineup, Juan Mata got to play in his natural No. 10 role for the first time this season.
West Ham is in a massive slump, and with questions being asked around the whole squad, captain Mark Noble has said things are at an all-time low. “If I’m honest, it could have been six in the end had Adrian not pulled off some good saves. On the bright side I don’t think it can get any worse.” Noble claimed after the 3-0 home loss to Southampton. The London club has the worst defensive record in the Premier League, having given up 16 goals in six matches this season, with the most recent games especially bad. “We’ve conceded 11 in three games and it’s laughable and not good enough. We know that,” Noble conceded. “To be honest I think we could have kept playing until tonight and I don’t think