“When we’re talking about respecting another country, respecting a city, that’s the first step. That booing of another national team’s anthem has to stop immediately.”
Durham wants disruptive fans to ‘educate themselves’ and thinks stadium bans should be handed out.
He added: “This has got to stop as well, during the national anthem for England, there’s a moment when the England fans shout ‘no surrender’ – and that has to stop.
“They know when it is, it’s not part of the lyrics of the national anthem, it has to stop. It’s part of the problem. So booing the other team’s national anthem has got to stop and the singing of ‘no surrender’ during our national anthem also has to stop.
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“Those fans are in the stadium doing this – what we have to start doing is locating them, identifying them and banning them. That’s what’s got to happen.
“The way forward [is] teaching some England fans, I stress it’s the minority, teaching some England fans to respect opponents and to respect another country and its population.
“That’s got to be the first step and hopefully fans will learn and they’ll start to educate themselves.”
Everton’s Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct after his tackle on Aleksandar Mitrovic during Saturday’s Premier League defeat at Fulham, the Football Association has announced.
Portuguese midfielder Gomes appeared to stamp on Mitrovic in stoppage time in an incident which was not seen by referee Lee Probert.
“Everton’s Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct,” read an FA statement.
“This follows an incident in the 95th minute of the Premier League fixture against Fulham on Saturday [13/04/2019] that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The midfielder has until 18:00 on Tuesday [16/04/2019] to respond to the charge.”
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has been charged by the FA for his controversial comments about Premier League officials.
Referee Craig Pawson and his linesman failed to spot that Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was offside when he headed in a late equaliser before Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted a stoppage-time winner for a 2-1 victory in Wales last month.
A 2-0 defeat at Manchester City followed for Cardiff, who are five points from safety with six games to go.
An FA statement said: “Neil Warnock has been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.
“It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview with the BBC, and a post-match interview with Sky Sports, following the Premier League game against Chelsea on 31 March 2019, were improper in that they questioned the integrity of the Match Official and/or implied bias.
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“It is further alleged that comments he made in a talkSPORT radio interview on 01 April 2019 constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.
“The Cardiff City manager has until 18:00 on 16 April 2019 to provide a response.”
Reports have claimed Warnock could step down as Cardiff manager regardless of which division they are in next season.
However, the 70-year-old insisted he owes it to the Bluebirds fans to stay on.
He said: “I just feel as long as Vincent [Cardiff owner Vincent Tan] wants me to stay, no matter what division we are in, I think I owe it to the fans to stay.
“I changed my mind in the last couple of months with the Emiliano [Sala] tragedy. It brought a lot home. In the cold light of day, I don’t see anyone better to take over at this moment in time.
“Whereas if I can steady the ship next season, I will be in my final year at Christmas time, then I can help the club pick another manager.
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“That’s what I would like to do, because the fans have been so good to me. I wouldn’t like to leave them in the lurch.
“I have never seen [my wife] Sharon enjoy a club like this. I’ve never heard fans chanting the name of a manager’s wife before.
“She does love the fans, and they have taken to her, so I will keep ticking on.”
The Football Association is set to change its name to the ‘English Football Association’.
England’s governing body has been known as the FA for 155 years whereas every other nation’s FA has the relevant national adjective.
FA chiefs have been referring to the governing body as the ‘English FA’ during international business for several years amid concern over appearing arrogant.
The move is believed to have gone down well with FIFA, UEFA and other major international bodies.
A name change to ‘The English Football Association’ is understood to be important in light of the FA’s desire to lead a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
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The FA has confirmed its board ‘began a discussion around the desirability to rename the Football Association as the English Football Association to reflect the modern role of the organisation’.
Although Paul Mitchell was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, Arsenal and Birmingham City were both charged by the FA and game’s national governing body has combined with the Premier League and the English Football League to speak out.
A joint statement read: “The FA, Premier League and EFL strongly condemn the reprehensible actions of supporters who entered the field of play last weekend.
“English football has worked hard over many years to ensure that our grounds are safe places. Everyone involved in staging a game deserves to enjoy the highest safety standards and we are determined to prevent these standards from being undermined.
“It is essential that all players feel safe and supported every time they go on the pitch and there is absolutely no place for any type of behaviour that puts this at risk.
“We also acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of fans attend football matches to support their team in a positive manner and we will continue to work with those fans, clubs and stakeholders to generate the best possible atmosphere at games.
“Anyone who attends a match to threaten this principle, either from the stands or by entering the field of play, will face the strongest possible sanctions.”
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies footballer Renée Hector has alleged she was racially abused by an opposition player during a game on Saturday.
The centre-back said on Twitter that monkey noises were directed at her by a Sheffield United player during Spurs’ 2-1 victory in the FA Women’s Championship.
She said: “Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did. Great start to the year.”
Sheffield United Women released a statement saying they were aware of the allegations and are investigating.
Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did great start to the year! @ThlfcOfficial#COYSL#SHEvTOT#KickItOut
Wembley will not be sold by the Football Association after Shahid Khan withdrew his offer to buy the stadium.
The Fulham owner had offered the FA £600million in cash for the stadium, as well as letting it keep the Club Wembley hospitality business, worth around another £300million.
FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were both strongly in favour of the deal and wanted to use the money to fix England’s dilapidated changing rooms, water-logged pitches and stretched 3G facilities.
They hoped Khan’s £600million could be the catalyst for a total investment in community facilities over the next 20 years of £3.3billion, more than double what the Football Foundation and Sport England have been able to do since 2000.
But in separate statements, Glenn admitted the proposed sale had been “more divisive than anticipated”, while Khan said it had become clear “there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin the FA chairman has required”.
This has been on the cards ever since last week’s council meeting proved just how split football was on the idea, with some seeing it as a gilt-edged opportunity to solve one of football’s most expensive problems, while others likened it to selling the family silver and questioned the FA’s ability to invest the windfall wisely.
Glenn said: “We fully respect his decision. Mr Khan believed that his offer to buy Wembley Stadium would release funds to help improve community football facilities in England and that it would be well received by all football stakeholders.
“At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal.
“Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue that is revered around world and it will continue to thrive under the ownership and direction of The FA.”
As well as having the support of the FA’s senior leadership, the proposed deal was backed by the government and the professional game, but there were significant doubts elsewhere, most notably at the grassroots level itself.”
In a statement, Khan said: “The intent of my efforts was, and is, to do right by everyone in a manner that strengthens the English game and brings people together, not divides them.
“Unfortunately, given where we are today, I’ve concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favoured by the FA Chairman to sell Wembley Stadium.
“Wembley is indeed a national treasure, one I would care for and respect for generations.
“I recognise the passion many people have for Wembley and what it means to English football, and will be willing to re-engage with the FA on this matter under proper circumstances.”
Khan had eventually hoped to use Wembley as a home for his NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was willing to agree to a number of highly restrictive conditions on how he would run the national stadium, most notably in terms of maintaining it as a venue for all of English football’s biggest games.
Khan’s decision to withdraw the offer has been described as a “huge disappointment” and a missed opportunity by two of the biggest sponsors of grassroots facilities.
The UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, would have been the vehicle the FA used to pick, manage and fund the projects, as it currently does with the funding it receives from the FA, Premier League and government.
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In a statement, it said: “News that Mr Khan has decided to withdraw his offer to buy Wembley should come as a huge disappointment to community footballers everywhere.
“Football participation in this country is huge. Unfortunately, those who play the game, simply for the love of doing so and for the health benefits are having to put up with a stock of community football facilities that is in a shameful state.
“This would have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make considerable inroads into probably the most pressing issue facing football in this country.”
Nick Bitel, the chair of Sport England, the government agency that funds grassroots sport, was more measured but his disappointment was equally plain.
“We agree with the view that the Wembley Stadium offer was a huge opportunity to boost funding into the development and maintenance of artificial and grass pitches up and down the country,” he said.
“Now that this deal is off the table, we hope the football family will now consider other ways the much-needed additional funds for grassroots facilities can be generated.”
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