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# Speaking out

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Speaking out
'I put on a mask for a long period of time' - Aaron Lennon
The former England international’s new goal is to help footballers suffering from mental health issues.
Last month
January 2023
# Speaking out
'The GAA's reputation is at stake' - Joe Brolly criticises handling of club final controversy
The Derry All-Ireland winner believes a replay should be ordered between Kilmacud Crokes and Glen.
# Speaking out
Antonio Conte says taking all media responsibilities is ‘bad habit’
“I have never seen the sporting director come here to explain the strategy and vision of the club.”
Last year
2022
# Qatar World Cup
Gay Australian footballer Cavallo 'lost respect' for Fifa
‘All the work my fellow allies and the LGBTQ+ community are doing to make football inclusive, you have shown that football isn’t a place for everyone.’
# Speaking out
England star Beth Mead won't 'be backing or promoting' World Cup in Qatar
‘It’s disappointing in the sense that there’s no respect on a lot of levels,’ the Euro 2022 hero told BBC Radio 4 today.
# Speaking out
'We've made a football decision' - Howe defends Newcastle training camp in Saudi Arabia
The Magpies first travelled to the Gulf state in January.
# Speaking out
Steven Reid: 'Really tough, you're talking about real severe anxiety, stress, panic attacks'
Reid departed his coaching role with Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
# Speaking out
'I get death threats every now and then' - F1 driver on social media abuse
The 22-year-old was speaking ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
# Speaking out
Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin reveals struggles and says ‘talking saved my life’
The England international struggled with injuries in the 2021-22 campaign.
# Patrick Vieira
Vieira defends Wilfried Zaha after diving claim and says winger was targeted
Crystal Palace and Leeds fought out a physical goalless draw, where Zaha was the most fouled player on the pitch.
# Punishment
Azeem Rafiq fears he is 'unemployable' after speaking out about racism
The former off-spinner accused Yorkshire of failing to deal adequately with the abuse he suffered.
# Speaking out
Belarusian tennis star Azarenka 'devastated' by violence against Ukraine
Authoritarian Belarus is closely linked to Russia and has been used as a key staging ground for the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.
# Speaking out
Man City's Zinchenko vows Ukraine ‘will not give up’ as Russian threat continues
The 25-year-old took to Instagram to voice his concern for his home country.
All time
# Speaking out
Africa Cup of Nations coverage 'completely tinged with racism' - Wright
The tournament gets underway in Cameroon on 9 January.
# Interview
The former Ireland international who’s become a leading advocate in football’s me-too movement
Ciara McCormack on the NWSL abuse scandal and other similar controversies that have plagued sport.
# Speaking out
Lewis Hamilton highlights ‘pretty terrifying’ LGBTQ+ laws in Saudi Arabia
The inaugural race in Jeddah is the penultimate grand prix of the 2021 season in which Hamilton and Max Verstappen have tussled for the title.
# Speaking out
Racism cost me my career – English cricketer Azeem Rafiq reveals full extent of harrowing abuse
Rafiq detailed his experiences at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing in London.
# Speaking out
Keith Earls: 'I went down to see a guy in Cork, a psychiatrist and diagnosed me with Bipolar 2'
The Munster and Ireland rugby player was speaking about his new book on The Late Late Show last night.
# Speaking out
GAA president McCarthy hits out at 'down-right cowardly' criticism of players
His comments come days after Mayo GAA condemned ‘personal attacks’ on their players and management.
# Speaking out
Irish citizens' assemblies part of inspiration for EU-wide panels starting this weekend
A series of four EU citizens’ panels will run over the next few months – with one taking place in Dublin.
# Speaking out
Rio Ferdinand says he encouraged gay male footballer to come out but the player was advised not to
It’s about, ‘are you capable of coming out and being able to withstand that media attention?’’
# Speaking out
'Lucy Quinn didn’t play well today' – and also 'she’s a slag'' - Birmingham forward details online abuse
The 27-year-old says she has received sexist comments on social media.
# Speaking out
Davy Fitzgerald: 'The way myself and my family have been treated is an absolute and utter disgrace'
The Wexford manager was speaking in Semple Stadium after today’s game.
# Speaking out
Our silence wrongly created impression we don’t care about Man Utd – Joel Glazer
The club’s executive vice-chairman said he enjoys ‘the thrill of every goal’ and feels ‘the utmost agony of every defeat’.
# Speaking out
'It'll never work... The last thing the players want is not to play next Saturday'
Cavan camogie manager Jimmy Greville says his players don’t want to be in a position where they may not fulfill fixtures.
# Case for defence
Owner Reynolds voices support for Elliott - ‘The scars of this week are his ultimate punishment’
Reynolds has eight horses at the Meath yard, including top staying chaser Presenting Percy
# Speaking out
'That's influencing referees' - Solskjaer rages at penalty talk following Chelsea draw
The Man United boss says his side are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record.
# Speaking out
'There's pages and pages of abuse' - Fitzgerald on online trolling aimed at himself and father
The Wexford boss was speaking on The Late Late Show.
# Speaking out
Louth captain criticises testing procedures and slams former players for 'driving' GAA to play games
Bevan Duffy says it’s unfair to put amateur athletes under pressure to play matches.
# Speaking out
Arsene Wenger: Smaller clubs will die if no action is taken
The former Arsenal manager was responding to Project Big Picture’s revolutionary plans.
# Speaking out
'You're going to have GAA clubs preparing for a potential semi-final or final that may never be played'
Bart Gilmartin of the Old Leighlin Ladies team in Carlow explains how this decision impacts clubs around the country.
# trolling
Social media abuse became ‘too much for me’, says ex-England star and pundit Alex Scott
The footballer-turned-pundit says she is taking the hit of online abuse in order to pave the way for others.
# Speaking out
'It's worse for her because she's a woman and she's seen as black as well'
Micah Richards has defended fellow pundit Alex Scott for the ongoing abuse she receives online.
# Speaking out
James McClean 'a little bit annoyed' about lack of public support from Irish team-mates
McClean spoke up this week about the abuse he has endured as a player in England for nine years.
# Speaking out
'I was silenced and told to back down in the past' - Hamilton
The six-time world champion believes taking a knee at yesterday’s Austrian Grand Prix was an important moment.
# Speaking out
Ex-Wallabies coach Cheika hits out at World Cup criticism
Michael Cheika quit in October after Australia’s quarter-final exit against England.
# Speaking out
Marcus Rashford refuses to give up on campaign to extend free school meals
The Manchester United and England striker wants the Government to extend the current food voucher scheme into the summer holidays.
# Speaking out
'We all have a responsibility there, not just the referee' - the issue of racism in the GAA
Jason Sherlock and Boidu Sayeh both discussed the issue on The Sunday Game last night.
# Speaking out
Irish rugby players' group 'very disappointed' in reports about possible salary cuts
Rugby Players Ireland released a statement today.
# Speaking out
Raheem Sterling: The only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting
The Manchester City and England forward has given his backing to anti-racism protests.