Aside from giving “the” entertainment in the field of sports, the English Football Association will also pay homage to the suffering families and victims of Christchurch Mosque attacks before finally entering the 2020 qualifying tournament against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
The announcement was initially made through Twitter, saying that the national team would pay tribute to the people killed in New Zealand at England vs. Czech Republic match on Friday, March 22, 2019.
“We will remember everyone affected by the terrible events in Christchurch.” the FA tweeted.
The shootout killed 50 people and wounded 48 victims when the perpetrators attacked two mosques on Friday. Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian was caught and arrested after the incident happened. He was eventually charged with murder on Saturday.
Critics said that the FA team was obliged to do their tribute after being condemned for not participating or holding its version of paying respect to the victims. A minute’s of silence for the Christchurch victims was held before the weekend’s Six Nations rugby union games, as well as, on rugby league’s Super League Fixtures but not at the Premier League, EFL or FA Cup matches.
The teams were accused of ‘double standards’ for not paying respect towards the attack on a weekend. “It is double standards and hypocrisy. To hold a minute’s silence was the right thing to do. When it happens for the events, it has to happen across the board for every attack.”
The former Chair of the FA race equality board, Yunus Lunat, emphasized the football’s failure to honor the victims, comparing the leagues’ action to the previous acts of terrorism on Paris in November 2015. It led the world of sports when Premier League clubs made an effort to encourage everyone on wearing black armbands and played the national anthem of France as a sign of paying respect to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, wherein 130 people were killed, and hundreds were wounded.
Lunat told BBC Sport: “There is no excuse, whenever something has happened, not even on the same scale, football has always come out and paid tribute.” He then added that this happens because the team lacks senior role models and ethnic executives that would lead them in an important event such as this.
The issue also extended to a more serious topic such as the lack of Muslims in leadership roles in sport, particularly football, even though there were qualified ones who applied for the position.
The incident created several hate responses in the internet spaces including Twitter which led to the creation of hashtags such as ‘#MoreToFootball?,’ and ‘#MuslimLivesDontMatter.’ But the famous among the hashtags is #Doublestandards proliferates not just in Twitter but also in different media platforms.
One employment lawyer wrote in his twitter account ‘Shame on you FA, premier league, EFL,’ which is later supported by thousands of Twitter users who demanded that the national team has neglected its part as a huge influencer in the name of sport. It could gather a lot of audiences and encourage them to also heed a tribute to the victims, especially to the families who mourn for their loss.
Outgoing Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore has expressed his side on the issue. He said at the time when Paris was attacked, and they represented ‘solidarity and remembrance.’
It became a missed opportunity for the team to make a massive statement about what is happening around the world, and it was also a great chance to speak out and be counted.
But a statement from FA confirmed that the team would be having its tribute and defended itself from further scrutiny. Yahoo reported that Watford, Swansea, Wolves, and Millwall were all at home for their FA Cup quarterfinal held at the weekend. The FA said that “it is up to the clubs if they want to hold a silence or not. We would support them if they did”. After all, the FA Cup is the FA’s competition. If it shows a lack of leadership, then it might be the end of a sport which grows out of deep sense of cooperation as well as loyalty to each other.
US National Women’s Team Wins FIFA World Cup And Spotlights Equal Pay Among Athletes
The USWNT has won their fourth World Cup and choose to celebrate by shining light to their political causes.
The US National Women’s Team (USWNT) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands held in Lyon, France last July 7. The win marks the US Team’s second win at the World Cup.
Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle led the USWNT to their victory. Rapinoe scored a goal during a penalty in the first half. Lavelle later surged forward with another goal eight minutes after.
Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot, an award for being the top goal scorer, for scoring six goals and three assists in the entire season. The 34-year-old athlete bet out her teammate Alex Morgan, who also had the same stats. However, Rapinoe took the award with 428 minutes per goal as compared to Morgan’s 490 minutes. Morgan received the Silver Boot, while Ellen White of the England Team received the Bronze Boot.
Rapinoe also won the Golden Ball; an award presented to the best player in the FIFA World Cup finals. England’s Lucy Bronze and US Team’s Rose Lavelle received the Silver and Bronze Ball, respectively.
The US team’s coach, Jill Ellis is also the first coach to win FIFA Women’s World Cup twice in the history.
The Dutch Team did not let the Americans win that easily. The US team struggled to get a goal in the first half. All this thanks to Netherlands’ goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who block a volley from Julie Ertz and another two from Morgan.
The US Team’s 2019 win is their fourth in the eight editions that they’ve joined. However, this is one of the most historic because of the political protests done by the team, with Rapinoe mostly leading it.
Equal Pay and Civil Rights Causes
For years, women soccer players have been fighting for equal pay. However, this year, the issue was highlighted because of the US team were blatantly talking about it in every media.
As the US team take a bow on their latest win, shouts of celebration erupted. What’s deafening wasn’t only the shouts of joy, but also chants of “Equal Pay!” rocking the stadium.
In 2016, Rapinoe with four members of the USWNT filed a Charge of Discrimination against the United States Soccer Federation for wage discrimination. The women athletes cited instances when the women’s team were paid less than their male peers.
This discrepancy is glaring, especially with the fact that the USWNT has won their third World Cup in 2016 (and now their fourth), while the men’s team have not yet advanced past quarterfinals in the recent years.
Rapinoe protested by using her platform in sharing their causes in the media. In a game in 2016, Rapinoe gave the nod to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
Rapinoe had to give up taking the knee when the United States Soccer Federation adopted a rule requiring players to stand and honor the flag.
Since then, Rapinoe stands without singing the National Anthem or placing her right hand over her chest.
Aside from Rapinoe’s refusal to sing the National Anthem, her interview with Eight by Eight started her feud with the US President.
It all started with a reporter asking Rapinoe if she was excited to visit the White House. The superstar athlete scoffs and tells the reporter that she is not going to the White House. Furthermore, she tells the reporter that the Women’s Team will not be invited to visit at all.
The remark prompted President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter. President Trump wrote. “I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”
The President’s tweet prompted Sue Bird, Rapinoe’s partner, to write a post in The Players Tribune titled So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend. In the article, Bird emphasized that President Trump has never invited a WNBA champion to a White House, contrary to the President’s tweet that athletes love coming to the White House.
Since then, Rapinoe and the rest of the US Team have been invited to the House of Representatives and Senate.
Now that the US team secured their fourth win, the team aims to continue the conversation on equal pay among national teams.
Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Continues To Wow In Wimbledon
Cori “Coco” Gauff wins over the audience at Wimbledon.
Cori “Coco” Gauff secured another victory at Wimbledon on Friday against Slovenian veteran Polona Hercog. The 15-year old Atlanta tennis player advances to the fourth round after winning a match in the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
On Friday’s match with Hercog, Gauff had a rough start. Hercog led the first match with six match points versus Gauff’s 3. However, Gauff did not lose confidence and came back with a 7-6 and a 7-5 victory in her favor.
The Wimbledon crowd motivated Gauff, as the teen’s fans grow in number. “The support has been outstanding. Every match they’re calling her name. I sit there and go, like, ‘What in the world is going on?’,” Gauff’s father Corey told reporters.
Gauff also told ESPN how much the audience supported her. “The crowd was amazing, even when I was down a match point they were still cheering me on,” she says.
During the match, Gauff impressed Hercog after coming back from the loss in the first round. Hercog’s slices defeated Gauff’s backhand, which had been the teen’s main weapon. However, the teen adjusted and started serving Hercog with her own slices instead of attacking Hercog.
Mats Wilander, a multiple grand slam winner himself told CNN, “I thought that Coco tactically changed her game, which is very encouraging to me. She didn’t hit her way through Hercog so to speak, she was slicing the ball back and giving Hercog no pace suddenly. That’s for me the biggest sign of something special in Coco.”
In the last match, Hercog missed two forehand plays. During a break, Hercog called for a trainer to work on the onset of leg cramps. Gauff went on a bathroom break and came back with the same motivation from the previous marathon rally.
Gauff is now the youngest player in the Open. After qualifying in the tournament’s main draw during the wild card stage, the teen sensation faced her first match with her childhood idol, Venus Williams.
“I’m still in shock,” Gauff said about her qualifying into the tournament, “Playing against the top players in the field is going to be a different feel.”
Big Win Over Williams
Gauff shot to fame last July 1 when she defeated Venus Williams in her first round at the tournament. Williams, now 39, is out of the competition with match points 6-4 and 6-4 in favor of Gauff.
Gauff considers Williams as an idol and one of the reasons why she chose to compete. The teen broke down in tears after her match with the tennis legend.
“I don’t really know how to feel, this is the first time I’ve cried after a match, after winning,” said Gauff. “I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dream right now, not many people get to say that.”
According to CNN, Williams shared good tidings to Gauff after their match. The tennis veteran said, “Congratulations, keep going, and good luck.” The starstruck teen replied, “I just told her I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t[sic] for her, she’s so inspiring. I’ve always wanted to tell her that, but I’ve never had the guts to before.”
Before her match with Williams, Gauff had to walk a hallway full of William’s photos, each one holding a tournament trophy. Gauff’s father recalled feeling nervous that Gauff may feel intimidated while walking that stretch of hallway.
“She’s got her earphones on, she’s listening to music. She’s walking and I’m walking behind her and I’m hoping she’s not intimidated because as we’re walking we see Venus holding up a trophy, go a little further, Venus [is] holding up another trophy,” Corey Gauff shared laughing.
“Go a little bit further, there’s another picture of Venus holding up the trophy and in my mind I’m thinking, just don’t look to the left or right. Just keep going straight ahead. You need no reminders that she won this five times.”
Williams started her professional career in tennis at the age of 14. Nineteen years ago, Williams won her first Grand Slam Singles title defeating Lindsay Davenport.
Considered as an American tennis prodigy, Gauff has been touted to be the next Serena Williams. Last year, Gauff won the French Open girl’s championship. Her Women’s Tennis Association singles standing rose sharply within the last eight months, dropping from 874th to the 301st place.
Israel Folau ‘GoFundMe’ Page Shut Down; Joins List of Unsuccessful Campaigns
Israel Folau’s GoFundMe page was removed today joining the growing list of “ridiculous” campaigns.
GoFundMe removed Israel Folau’s campaign after violating the for-profit crowdfunding platform’s rules. Folau used the website to ask for funds to back his legal action against Rugby Australia (RA) for wrongful termination.
A spokeswoman for GoFundMe, Nicola Britton said, “as a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.”
According to the site’s Terms and Conditions, the company may forfeit your GoFundMe page if you are running “campaigns [that are] deem, [in the site’s] sole discretion.” In other words, “legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases,” is not allowed.
Folau asked the public to donate A$3 million ($2.1 million) for his legal battle with RA. The page went live last week and already received about A$760,000 ($530,000) donations — which will be refunded after shutting Folau’s campaign.
RA terminated Folau’s contract due to the star player’s Instagram posts that proclaim hate against LGBTQIA+. According to Folau, his termination was related to his religion. He is suing RA claiming that his removal was an act of religious discrimination.
Chief executive Raelene Castle announced that RA has terminated Folau’s contract due to the “values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect, and teamwork.”
Folau posted that “hell awaits you” to a list of people including homosexuals last April 10. According to BBC, RA gave warnings to Folau related to his anti-gay social media posts in the past.
GoFundMe‘s Social Fundraising Strategy
Folau is not the only one who’ve used the GoFundMe website to raise funds.
According to its website, GoFundMe is the largest social fundraising platform. Launched in 2010, the company boasts a network of 70 million donors.
Fundraising campaigns range from education, medical, to memorial assistance. Individuals can set up a campaign and share their story to GoFundMe‘s donors. Nonprofit organizations can also create a campaign to raise money for their projects.
In 2016, CEO Rob Solomon revealed that celebrities and influencers who used the platform increased over time. Notable personalities who donated to their chosen causes are Taylor Swift, Kristin Bell, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Aside from donations, famous personalities also used the GoFundMe platform to raise money for causes that they believed in. Rapper The Game raised money for a community police officer in Arkansas.
In 2018, The Times Up Movement launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the victims of sexual harassment and assault with legal fees assistance. It raised a total of $24.2 million backed by 21,664 people in its 18-month run.
Sarah Hyland received backlash when she promoted a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising funds for her uncle’s hospitalization and cousin’s funeral costs last year. Most of the backlash is coming from the fact that Hyland reportedly gets over $100,000 per episode in Modern Family.
Other ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns
Reporter Paul Johnson has criticized Folau for using the GoFundMe platform to raise money for his legal battle. Aside from the campaign being tagged as “self-serving,” there were also criticisms about the campaign’s target amount.
Josh Bornstein, an employment lawyer from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, tweets, “Israel Folau’s case, should not cost more than 300k.”
Aside from Folau, numerous failed campaigns that have since made the fundraisers infamous.
In 2016, a fan named Jeremy Piatt set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Kanye West out of debt after the rapper/entrepreneur ranted on Twitter on how he is broke and can not create his art due to his financial restraints.
Last March, a couple pleaded guilty to federal charges for setting up a GoFundMe account for a homeless veteran to con donors into giving money to them. Their GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $400,000 in 2017. After raising the money, the homeless vet who coerced with the couple sued them on suspicions of withholding money raised on his behalf. The legal suit opened investigations that out-ted the plan of theft through deception in the open.
Another controversial GoFundMe campaign is from an Instagram couple who was asking for money to fund a cycling trip in Africa. Many people criticized the influencers for asking strangers to support their lavish lifestyle while refusing to get a job.
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