Social Issues

‘Angry’ Jürgen Klopp Compares Inaction On Player Safety To Inaction On Climate Change

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has likened player welfare to climate change as an issue that everyone is aware of but no one is prepared to confront, calling on soccer's governing bodies to act before it is too late.

Klopp expressed anger at this year's World Cup adding to players' already hectic schedule, with the tournament ending five months before the domestic season concludes in May.

The Premier League season will be paused from Nov. 12 to Boxing day to accommodate the Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 event.

Gotham’s McCall Zerboni Admonished For Using Racist Metaphor In Postgame Interview

Last week, Gotham FC captain McCall Zerboni was nominated for the NWSLPA’s Ally Award, which recognizes leadership and character in unsung players. A week later, she was being called out on social media for using racist language. Then Angel City’s Madison Hammond gave a master class in how to respond to those who perpetuate harmful stereotypes.

Premier League Players To Only Take Knee Before Certain Matches This Season

Premier League teams will limit their pre-match anti-racism gesture of "taking the knee" to only some significant games from the new season, the league said on Tuesday.

The Black Lives Matter cause was taken up by Premier League clubs in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May that year.

Premier League clubs wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts before it was replaced by "No Room for Racism."

NWSL Player Refuses To Wear Pride Night Jersey

Jaelene Daniels refused to play for the N.C. Courage on Friday night. 

Hours before the Courage were to host the Washington Spirit on their Pride Night featuring LGTBQ+ pride jerseys, the North Carolina club announced Daniels would not feature because she refused to wear a jersey that promotes equality and fights discrimination.

AC Milan’s Bakayoko On Police Treatment: ‘They Clearly Put Our Lives In Danger’

Tiémoué Bakayoko has had his say, and he didn’t hold back on the system that allowed police officers to needlessly put his life in danger. 

NWSL Hints It Could Remove Clubs From States That Ban Abortion

As many states ban abortion across the United States, soccer fans could find more than their reproductive freedoms disappearing. They might also lose their ability to watch top-flight soccer.

NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman said this week full access to healthcare — including birth control, in-vitro fertilization and abortion — is one of the league’s values. As the NWSL seeks to increase by two teams up to 14 by 2024, states that deny women and those who may become pregnant full healthcare rights could find themselves left out of the growing women’s soccer party. 

Zambia Qualifies For First Women’s World Cup With Star Unavailable Over Gender Eligibility Questions

Zambia qualified for its first World Cup — all without its star player, unavailable over questions about her gender.

The Copper Queens edged Senegal 4-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday in Morocco, securing the first Women’s World Cup berth from Africa and the first senior World Cup berth for Zambia, men or women.

Mexican Club León Uses 81,000 Plastic Bottle Caps To Announce Its New Player

French defender Julien Célestine became the latest signing for Liga MX side Club León. The team announced the new player via social media and through a very particular campaign involving 81,000 plastic bottle caps, pink and blue. 

El Grito Homofóbico Vuelve A Retumbar En Dos De Los Estadios Mundialistas De México

Pese a todas las campañas para erradicarlo, pese a que en varios estadios suben el volumen de las bocinas cada vez que un portero hace un saque de arco, el nefasto "¡eeeh, puto!" sigue vivo en los estadios del fútbol mexicano.

President Biden Explains Why He Gave Megan Rapinoe The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Megan Rapinoe became the first soccer player to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Joe Biden bestowing the highest civilian award in the country on the USWNT star on Thursday at the White House. Biden also explained why Rapinoe was given Presidential Medal Of Freedom honors.