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How FIFA World Cup host Qatar is seeking to change mindset on Islam
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How FIFA World Cup host Qatar is seeking to change mindset on Islam

Qatar has taken advantage of the FIFA World Cup to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of visiting fans to change their minds about Islam or even make conversions. The campaign is being pursued across Qatar offering booklets in different languages, explaining Islam and the Prophet Muhammad

Tracing Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial as shaped by the dark side of fandom
Entertainment

Tracing Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial as shaped by the dark side of fandom

The Johnny Deep-Amber Heard trial is the first major celebrity-oriented civil trial in some years to be televised and receive such humungous publicity, practically the first instance where the broadcast is intersecting with equally active participation from netizens across the globe.

Premier League: Fans to face vaccine checks to enter stadiums amid Omicron wave
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Premier League: Fans to face vaccine checks to enter stadiums amid Omicron wave

Tottenham's trip to Brighton and Manchester United's visit to Brentford have been postponed due to outbreaks in the Spurs and United camps in recent days

No fans at Chinese football over COVID-19 fears, weeks before Beijing Winter Olympics
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No fans at Chinese football over COVID-19 fears, weeks before Beijing Winter Olympics

Matches in China's top flight restart on Sunday after a hiatus so that the national side could concentrate on World Cup qualifiers.

T20 World Cup 2021: England fans turn New Zealand supporters for final against Australia
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: England fans turn New Zealand supporters for final against Australia

Both Australia and New Zealand are gunning for their maiden T20 World Cup crown in Dubai after defying predictions from pundits of an England-Pakistan title clash.

India vs New Zealand: No restriction on crowd attendance for Jaipur T20I
First Cricket News

India vs New Zealand: No restriction on crowd attendance for Jaipur T20I

Those who are not jabbed will have to carry a valid COVID-19 negative test report which is not older than 48 hours from the start of the match.

European Leagues 'unanimously oppose' biennial FIFA World Cup plans
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European Leagues 'unanimously oppose' biennial FIFA World Cup plans

On Wednesday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the extensive shake-up would cut out "too many meaningless matches".

Racist abuse of England footballers in Hungary 'completely unacceptable', says UK PM Boris Johnson
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Racist abuse of England footballers in Hungary 'completely unacceptable', says UK PM Boris Johnson

Johnson urged football's world governing body FIFA "to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good"

England vs Pakistan: Edgbaston to host third ODI with 80 percent capacity
First Cricket News

England vs Pakistan: Edgbaston to host third ODI with 80 percent capacity

The fixture, which is the final game of a three-match ODI series between the two sides, is slated to be played on 13 July.

Spain-Portugal football friendly to have fans in stands ahead of Euro 2020
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Spain-Portugal football friendly to have fans in stands ahead of Euro 2020

The match will be one of the first major professional sports events to be held in the Spanish capital with a live audience since the start of the pandemic.

Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder rues absence of fans
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Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder rues absence of fans

Wilder believes the impact of the pandemic had a particularly profound effect on the Blades' dip in results.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Uncertainty, doubts for Games' volunteers, fans with less than six months to go
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Uncertainty, doubts for Games' volunteers, fans with less than six months to go

With less than six months to go, Japanese who hope to be involved as spectators, torch bearers and volunteers are confronting the prospect of the Olympics being drastically scaled back or cancelled altogether.

Year in Review 2020: Firstpost’s sports writers pick their favourite sporting moment of 2020, what they hope for 2021
Sports

Year in Review 2020: Firstpost’s sports writers pick their favourite sporting moment of 2020, what they hope for 2021

Firstpost's sports writers weighed in with their favourite sporting moment of 2020, and what they're looking forward to in 2021:

Milwall fans boo as players take knee during Championship game in support of fight against racism
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Milwall fans boo as players take knee during Championship game in support of fight against racism

Players at Premier League and English Football League games have been taking a knee since football restarted in June following the coronavirus shutdown.

Shut out for nine months, Arsenal fans celebrate team's thumping win at Emirates Stadium
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Shut out for nine months, Arsenal fans celebrate team's thumping win at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans Steve Manzanero recovered from the coronavirus last month but sees fans returning as a necessary part in the reopening of society.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Plans for fans' return to stadiums halted amid spike in COVID-19 cases in England
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Plans for fans' return to stadiums halted amid spike in COVID-19 cases in England

A number of pilot test events, in which capacities have been capped at 1,000, have taken place and it was hoped venues would be allowed to welcome more spectators from the start of next month.

China to allow football fans for first time in stadium for CSL match since coronavirus pandemic
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China to allow football fans for first time in stadium for CSL match since coronavirus pandemic

It is a major step towards normalising football in China, where the virus was first detected last year, and paves the way for a limited number of supporters to attend selected future fixtures.

Bundesliga: Cold water poured on German football's hopes of bringing fans back to stadiums
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Bundesliga: Cold water poured on German football's hopes of bringing fans back to stadiums

Last week, the 36 clubs in Germany's top two tiers agreed to a four-point proposal by the German Football League (DFL) which could see fans return to stadiums despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: South Korea to allow limited fans back into baseball, soccer games
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Coronavirus Outbreak: South Korea to allow limited fans back into baseball, soccer games

Fans will be allowed to attend Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) games starting on Sunday, and Korea Professional Football League (K League) matches starting 1 August.