FOOTBALL

Player unions in England and the Netherlands have created protocols on how to support players reporting sexual abuse.   The English PFA, in collaboration with the national football association (FA), has set up a network including 130 counsellors, psychotherapists and psychiatrists (experienced of working with adult sexual abuse victims), and a 24-hour telephone helpline. Dutch union VVCS has identified the most relevant local support structures and instructed staff to involve these organizations as quickly as possible. Both organizations responded with these measures after numerous former...
20/11/2017

ICE HOCKEY

Norwegian Para ice hockey player Lena Schroder has a big dream and knows how she wants to achieve it. “I really want to go to the Paralympics this time. But I want to be there as a player, not as a woman. It would be a personal victory,” said Schroder in an interview to Norwegian TV NRK.   Norway will announce in January its roster for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. If Schroder is on the list she will be first female Para ice hockey player to take part in the Winter Paralympics since fellow countrywoman Brit Mjaasund Oejen at Lillehammer 1994.   Schroder,...
17/11/2017

SKI ALPIN

French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medallist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35. The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America.   He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy, and was fourth in the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill in 2013. He also competed in the last Winter Olympics, and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. The...
14/11/2017

MOTORSPORT

British motorcycle racer Daniel Hegarty has died following an accident at the Macau Grand Prix.   The 31-year-old Topgun Racing Honda rider crashed at the Fisherman's Bend on the sixth lap of the race of the tight street course and died of his injuries en route to hospital. The race was red flagged and not restarted given the immediate severity of the incident.   Northern Irish racer Glenn Irwin was credited with the win having led when the race was abandoned. The podium presentation was held without anthems or champagne.   Details of the cause of the crash have not yet been given. "The...
21/11/2017

Can we still call footballers’ twitter accounts “social” media?

Can we still call footballers’ twitter accounts “social” media?

Dean Santangelo

 

The times of receiving interesting insights into a footballer’s life through social media have past. The media plays an ever-larger role in the player’s career, the club, and private wellbeing so anything said on social media is taken very seriously... So seriously that clubs are even hiring media relations managers or players hire them themselves.

 

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