Chelsea F.C Defender, Antonio Rudiger and Other Soccer Stars Pen Down Emotional Message to Nigerians

Football stars around the world are increasingly putting their weight behind those who want an end to police violence in the West African region.
In reaction against police violence in Nigeria, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Antonio Rudiger, and former African Footballer of the Year Frederic Kanoute have lent their voices.

Over the week, there were simultaneous disturbances in the West African nation with people agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Team, a Nigerian Police Force unit.

Over the past two years, SARS officers have been convicted of bullying, robbing and murdering underage people, not just for motives.

In February, they killed a footballer in Ogun State – Tiamiyu Kazeem, who was the vice-captain of Remo Stars, a club in the Nigerian second division.

On Saturday, Arsenal legend Ian Wright joined Serie A club AS Roma in supporting the public outcry even though another citizen was killed by the police during a peaceful protest in Oyo State.

“Horrible to hear what’s been going on in Nigeria. Let’s make this a trending topic everywhere #EndSARS. My thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected. #EndPoliceBrutality,” Ozil wrote.

Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda who won the Nigeria Professional Football League title with Enyimba in 2019, also called for an end to the killings and described Nigeria as his second home.

West Ham Banned For Abusing Salah

See What West Ham Called Salah That Got Him Banned From All Football Matches For 3 Years

For 3 years after he pleads guilty to racial harassment of Liverpool for Mohamed Salah, a member of the United West Ham was banned from watching matches.

Bradley Thumwood, 48, was handed a suspension on Tuesday after a 2-0 incident in West Ham by Liverpool at London Stadium after his appeal before the Thames Magistrates’ Court.

A male voice can be heard crying: “Salah you f * * * * * Muslim, in a video that was taken during this Premier League meeting. Muslim F * * * * * * * * * *. F * * * * off. “Off.”

The racially aggravated Section 5 public order was sentenced by Thumwood, and the football stadium prohibition was also fined £400. A victim surcharge and a payment of £215 was also demanded.

‘Thumwood was issued with a three-year Football Banning Order and fined £400. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to £125,’ the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

West Ham vowed to take a ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to any future incidents of a similar nature but also said they will look to educate Thumwood to reform his views.

‘The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers,’ a club spokesperson said.

‘In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.’

EPL Big Six Plans Revealed

Revealed: Liverpool, Manchester United Threatened to Leave the EPL and Form Their Own Big-six League

The Chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Clarke, threatened to break out of the English Primes League and start his own league, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The two Premier League giants stated that the aim of the project was to radically reform English football, with proposals including the top-flight being reduced to 18 teams and the EFL Cup and Community Shield being scrapped.

According to FA chief Clarke who released a letter on Wednesday October 14, he was actually involved in the talls known as ‘Project Big Picture’, but he decided to walk away earlier this year when it became clear the proposals were nothing more than a power grab from England’s biggest clubs.

In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke claims ‘the principal aim of these discussions became the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few clubs, with a breakaway league mooted as a threat’.

He added: “I, of course, discontinued my involvement and counselled a more consensus-based approach involving all Premier League clubs and its chair and CEO. Our game needs to continually seek to improve but benefits need to be shared.”

Project Big picture also got the backing of EFL chairman Rick Parry, with the proposals including an immediate £250million bailout for clubs in his competition starved of matchday income by the coronavirus pandemic and a promised 25 per cent share of future Premier League broadcast revenue.

But the proposals have been criticized as football experts believe the plans will concentrate power in the hands of the Premier League big six, including over broadcast arrangements, club ownership and composition of the league’s board.

Clarke warned that the FA had ‘substantial controls’ it could bring to bear if it felt any proposal was put forward that ran counter to the interests of the game, and that any breakaway competition would not be sanctioned by the FA.