‘Everything offends everybody’: US football rep axed over speech querying ‘social justice warriors’, knee-taking & slavery claims

I also feel compelled to articulate that I’m of mixed race and representative of undoubtedly the most persecuted people in our country’s history, Native-Americans.”The wave of pre-match ‘kneeling’ protests was popularized by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has since become a feature of many sporting events around the world amid a broader debate on race relations and police brutality. The movement was amplified further following the death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd in police custody last year, with cell phone footage of the incident sparking numerous bouts of social unrest in the United States.Many exercising *actual* hate speech/bigotry today by issuing 40+ death threats to me/my family🤯 Adorable. Never more true: #sciencehttps://t.co/rvR7wT0EnR— Seth Jahn (@SJahnIX) February 28, 2021The Black Lives Matter campaign has since been supported in the English Premier League, with players and officials continuing to kneel before the kick-off of each game. “Every race in the history of mankind has been enslaved by another demographic at some point in time,” Jahn continued.”Blacks have been enslaved. Seth Jahn, a former member of the US seven-a-side Paralympic team, was speaking in opposition to the policy which was put in place in support of United States football superstar Megan Rapinoe’s decision to follow the lead of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick by carrying out silent “kneeling” protests before games. The United States Soccer Federation voted at the weekend to repeal the 2017 law which required players to stand for the playing of national anthem, with more than 70% of votes supporting the motion to remove it. Jahn was highly critical of the mooted move, which he said he saw as part of a wider campaign which has been popularized by the ‘woke’ mob in recent months.US Soccer's members have voted to repeal a 2017 rule that required players to stand during the national anthem. Also on rt.com
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“I’m embarrassed to represent a hypocritical federation that conducts a complete assault on diversity of thought without even seeking clarifying statements from me in their smear campaign.”I’m embarrassed at the cowardice of so-called friends who bent over to the mob, knowing very well the quality of my character, in order to preserve their own image.”The overwhelming support I received from a number of people within the federation, compared to the more than 30 death threats I received from the insignificant rabid key board warriors, was appreciated.”But I implore you to speak publicly in your support in the future for those bold enough to challenge the status quo and not just privately.”Nothing I said was racist and I’ve done more for people of color all over this planet at risk of my own life throughout the entirety of my 17-year career than the entire [council] has done cumulatively, and I will continue to do so.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐉𝐚𝐡𝐧 (@sethjahn_ix)The 2016 paralympics player made a qualifying remark. “The one point I will clarify is that when I stated that a small percentage of people in our country are responsible for the terrors of slavery hundreds of years ago, of which more than 400,000 men died to abolish under our nation’s flag, I was in no way minimizing the horrors of slavery,” he pointed out.”I was simply illuminating the misplaced rage and squandered opportunities to bring to light the tens of millions of people who are enslaved today… Shoot, I lived in Africa for two-and-a-half years where I could purchase people, slaves, between the price of $300 and $800 per person per head depending on their age, health and physicality.”Where were the social justice warriors and the news journalists there to bring their ruminations to these real atrocities? “This is not about disrespecting the flag or about disrespecting the military,” she said. pic.twitter.com/mvebm43a5E— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) February 27, 2021The vote – 71% in favor with only a simply majority required – directly followed this sensational seven-minute dissent by Seth Jahn, a US Paralympian who is a current member US Soccer Athlete Council. And yet in all of history, only one country has fought to abolish slavery: the United States of America, where nearly 400,000 men died to fight for the abolishment of slavery underneath the same stars and bars that our athletes take a knee for. That’s freedom of speech, and I respect your right! If only the vapid, feeble-minded hypocrites reciprocated that respect. Follow RT on

The US Soccer Federation’s athletes’ council has axed one of its members after he gave a speech at an AGM criticizing “progressive culture”, sports stars who take a knee for Black Lives Matter and “social justice warriors”. “This is about the athletes and our staff’s right to peacefully protest racial inequalities and police brutality.”Jahn’s removal was revealed in a statement on Sunday, when the federation found that he had “violated the prohibited conduct’s policy section on harassment, which prohibits racial or other harassment based upon a person’s protected status (race), including any verbal act in which race is used or implied in a manner which would make a reasonable person uncomfortable.”Jahn, who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three times and injured in 2010, was indignant at his expulsion.”I will never apologize for the statements I made and will never bow down to the mob mentality of intimidation, bullying or the social media warrior’s gestapo tactics,” he promised. Their sacrifice is tainted with every knee that touches the ground.”My apology letter: pic.twitter.com/QLaHhjXDfn— Seth Jahn (@SJahnIX) February 28, 2021Jahn added that he welcomed athletes’ rights to have their voices heard, but suggested they do so in their personal time and not while representing the US in international sporting events. Speaking after Jahn, USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone quickly cut down his points. pic.twitter.com/vH4Pc4vkT4— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) February 27, 2021″I’m sure I’m going to ruffle some feathers with what I’m about to say, especially given the athletes council that I’m on,” the 38-year-old accepted at the outset of his impassioned address.”But given the evolution of our, quote-unquote, progressive culture, where everything offends everybody, those willing to take a knee our for anthem don’t care about defending half of our country and, when they do so, then I don’t have too much concern in also exercising my First Amendment right.”We’re here to get a different perspective. I welcome any and all respectful debates void of emotion and will gladly have an open dialogue publicly with anyone who was brave enough to place unwarranted labels on me from the safety of their mobile device.”Describing itself as “unequivocal in its condemnation of the statements that Mr Jahn made yesterday”, the organization said: “The athlete’s council does not tolerate this type of language and finds it incompatible with membership on the council.”While the council understands that each person has a right to his or her own opinion, there are certain opinions that go beyond the realm of what is appropriate or acceptable.”

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Premier League hopefuls announce they will stop taking knee for Black Lives Matter after realizing stunt is not ‘having an impact’ more so than any point in history.”[They are] persecuted people who I readily put my life on the line to recover from the predacious dregs who prey on them. Asians most recently in our country in the freaking 20th century, have been enslaved.”Natives have been enslaved. Hispanics have been enslaved. Whites have been enslaved.

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Paige Spiranac sermonises about being ‘more real on social media’ as golf stunner backs Max Homa over Tiger Woods tribute backlash

If anyone can overcome this it’s him. you know you’re going to get hate – but some of the things people troll over is ridiculous.”Another reader told Spiranac that online critics were “just looking for stuff to be angry about”, causing her to reply: “Golf twitter can be very sensitive sometimes.”I’m not saying high profile people are off limits. Prayers to him and his family— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 24, 2021She has spoken with apparent glee about her love life and salacious tittle-tattle such as scandals involving basketball stars in the “NBA bubble”, but told a listener last month that she saw her broadcasts taking a different direction now.”I will still discuss my personal life but I’m not going to talk about sex or clickbait topics just for listens,” she claimed after her admirer said they had enjoyed hearing about her “personal life experiences.”She concluded: “It was out of place and not what I wanted the podcast to be about.”

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Tiger Woods praises ‘really touching’ red-and-black tribute from stars after golf icon was badly injured in high-speed car wreck View this post on InstagramA post shared by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee)And ex-pro Spiranac lept to the defence of Homa while reserving some harsh words for those who were so quick to pile-on. “We constantly complain about athletes being robots and wanting them to show personality but then you go and attack someone like Max Homa over something that shouldn’t be an issue,” she told her Twitter following of more than 395,000.”If you want athletes to be more real on social media then don’t be on them about every little thing.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee)When a fan suggested that people disliked being “called out”, Spiranac replied: “I’m not saying high-profile people are off limits.”If you have Twitter. Hope to see a lot of red and black out there!— max homa (@maxhoma23) February 27, 2021I am contractually obligated to wear clothes with certain logos on them that I can’t buy at a Dicks/Pro shop/Roger Dunn/Walmart/“a store”/etc. Instead of wearing the red and black outfit in support of Woods, he wore grey trousers and a striped white top – with fans soon flooding social media to demand answers for Homa’s perceived slight at their injured hero.I unfortunately didn’t pack any red and black for this road trip (obviously didn’t know the news til arriving), so I will try and pay my respects to TW tomorrow with some really great final round #golf. https://t.co/XAP9QLu78M— max homa (@maxhoma23) February 28, 2021We constantly complain about athletes being robots and wanting them to show personality but then you go and attack someone like Max Homa over something that shouldn’t be an issue. Follow RT on

Golf stunner Paige Spiranac has hit out at fans who criticized Max Homa for not taking part in the “red-and-black” tribute to Tiger Woods following his severe injuries in a high speed car accident outside of Los Angeles last week. If you want athletes to be more real on social media then don’t be on them about every little thing— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 28, 2021Homa tweeted that he had already packed for the trip by the time he was alerted to Woods’ car crash, adding ahead of Sunday’s round that he didn’t have an opportunity to take part in the collective gesture.The Genesis Invitational champion clearly indicated that he supported Woods and was looking forward to seeing his peers honor the 15-time Major winner.Somewhat predictably in the reactionary world of Twitter, Homa was singled out by a variety of golf fans who slammed what they perceived to be a disrespectful move of deliberately not taking part in the tribute. If you have twitter you know you’re going to get hate but some of the things people troll over is ridiculous— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 28, 2021Golf twitter is the worst— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 28, 2021The 27-year-old Instagram sensation has made headlines on several occasions already this year with some of her comments about the state of social media.In January, she was highly critical of sections of her fanbase who felt the need to frequently comment on her appearance – repeating some of the claims levied towards her, such as accusations that Spiranac was “too fat” and “too skinny”. Spiranac also revealed in January that she receives so-called “d*** pics” on a daily basis from obsessive fans.I will still discuss my personal life but I’m not going to talk about sex or clickbait topics just for listens. Several top golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood, donned red and black gear in tribute to Woods’ trademark colors at Sunday’s final round of the WGC Championships event in Florida, with Woods himself later tweeting that he was “touched” at the wide-ranging gesture from several members of the field. However, there are many sides to social media – and another narrative to have developed online centered around criticism of the various players who, for whatever reason, didn’t opt to wear gear in tribute to Woods.One such figure was Max Homa. Thank u all for the options tho! It was out of place and not what I wanted the podcast to be about— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) February 24, 2021Can’t stop thinking about Tiger and hoping he’s okay.

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Novak Djokovic closes in on eclipsing Serena Williams run as Serbian tennis ace admits ‘relief’ at equaling mammoth Federer record

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Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has matched a remarkable feat achieved only by rival Roger Federer in the men’s game – and he is targeting Serena Williams and several women’s records after topping the ATP rankings for 310 weeks. Also on rt.com
‘He was sent by god’: Novak Djokovic’s dad accuses media of ignoring Serbian superstar and says he is ‘loved by all normal people’ Just a week after winning his 18th Grand Slam by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev to retain his Australian Open crown, the sporting legend will break Federer’s record for the longest time as men’s number one next Monday and wants to scale new heights.After becoming the sole holder of the record in the men’s game, Djokovic will be just eight weeks shy of catching up with women’s great Serena Williams’ 319 weeks in top spot.The Serb champion revealed his “relief” and admitted that he will now tweak his approach as he targets new records beyond the astonishing run of consistency at the summit of the male sport.Since the creation of the ATP ranking in 1973, Novak Djokovic is the only male player who hasn't lost a single point in a year, from Shanghai SF in 2014 to round robin matches at ATP Finals in 2015.Actually, he doesn't need a frozen ranking to not lose any points.#Djokovicpic.twitter.com/nljfbr22UN— Dan Tennis (@DanTennis1) January 5, 2021“When you are going for number one ranking, you kind of have to be playing the entire season and you have to be playing well, you have to play all the tournaments,” the 18-time Grand Slam king explained.“Now, after achieving the historic number one for the longest weeks at number one, it’s going to be a relief for me because I’m going to focus all my attention on Slams, mostly.“My goals will adapt and shift a little bit, which means that I will have to adjust also my calendar – not have to, but I will have an opportunity to do that which, as a father and a husband, I’m really looking forward to.”Novak #Djokovic, the current world No.1 in ATP ranking, has reached the record holder of total weeks number 1 with Roger #Federer Federer🇨🇭310Djokovic 🇷🇸 310Sampras 🇺🇸 286— Luca Fiorino (@FiorinoLuca) March 1, 2021While Djokovic needed less than ten years to match Federer’s record, Williams took around 15 years to rack up as many weeks at the top of the rankings.Djokovic is almost certain to break surpass her run in May, and he looks likely to equal Federer and Nadal’s Grand Slam haul of 20 major titles in the next year or two, with both of his major rivals suffering injury problems and falling short of their usual imperious form at recent tournaments.His chances of beating two more of the finest champions ever to play tennis is less certain: German Steffi Graf held the top spot for 377 weeks, with Martina Navratilova reaching 332 weeks.

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Man United’s Shaw facing BAN after backtracking on claim that ref rejected penalty in Chelsea draw because he feared public uproar

United were unlucky not to be awarded a spot kick in the first half of Sunday’s stalemate against Thomas Tuchel’s re-energized Chelsea team after the ball appeared to strike Callum Hudson-Odoi’s hand as be battled for possession with Mason Greenwood.Following a brief delay in which both the VAR and referee Stuart Attwell considered and ultimately denied the penalty claim, full-back Shaw has landed himself in hot water for critical comments after the game in which he alleged that he overheard Attwell telling skipper Maguire that if he gave the penalty, it would lead to unending debate in the press.”The ref even said to [Harry], if it’s a pen it’s going to cause a lot of talk after. Follow RT on

Luke Shaw could be banned by the Premier League after he accused the referee who shunned Man United’s penalty claim against Chelsea of malpractice – but Harry Maguire has admitted his fellow defender misheard the conversation. He got told it was a penalty by VAR so I’m not sure what’s gone on.”Shaw’s allegations were repeated moments after the game by United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in an irate interview, who admitted that he was reining in his reaction for fear of reprisal from the Football Association.”One hundred per cent,” he blasted, when asked if a penalty should have been given. “They’re shouting it’s handball for our player but when you look at it on the video, it’s taken two points away from us.”🗣 "It's all these outside influences, it's cheeky when they put that on their website, that's influencing the referees. FFS.— Jay Motty (@JayMotty) March 1, 2021″[Harry] said that they got told it was a pen. You can read it." 😡 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vents his frustrations about the penalty that wasn't given pic.twitter.com/7YK22ja6Oo— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 28, 2021Ole Gunnar Solskjær complaining about not getting enough penalties, or decisions in United’s favour…Since he took over as United manager in 2018, they’ve been awarded 42 penalties, in all competitions. The PL average in that time, was 13.1.Hilarious. pic.twitter.com/MW8y3KDayy— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) February 28, 2021The furious Norwegian boss also stated that Chelsea had potentially attempted to “influence officials” by hosting an article on their website citing an incident between Maguire and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Those complaints changed hours after the game, when United and Shaw backtracked on the alleged contents of the discussion between Maguire and Attwell and announced that Shaw had “misheard” the conversation – withdrawing any accusations of impropriety. The about-face may not save Shaw from a ban amid FA regulations against players who “imply bias or attack the integrity [of officials].”The former England defender should learn his fate by Wednesday of this week, as rules dictate that the FA has three working days in which to make a decision. Also on rt.com
‘F*cking disgrace!’: Fury as Premier League referee disallows goal, then allows it, before ruling it out AGAIN (VIDEO) So I’m not sure what’s going on.” [@footballdaily] pic.twitter.com/bD0BJ8yfqF— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) February 28, 2021Luke Shaw could face an FA charge and possible ban because of this comments about the ref at Stamford Bridge??Only United could not get a penalty we should have, but also end up with one of our own players banned because of it. So I don’t know what happened there,” Shaw told Sky Sports.Luke Shaw: “ Harry [Maguire] said he got told it was a penalty.

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‘I don’t want the vaccine’: Jamaican running champ Yohan Blake insists he ‘would rather miss the Olympics’ than take Covid-19 jab

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Sprint star Yohan Blake has said he is staying “strong in his mind” over taking a Covid-19 vaccine and would rather miss the rescheduled 2021 Olympic Games than receive a jab – even if it’s made obligatory for Games participation. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Yohan Blake (@yohanblake) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Yohan Blake (@yohanblake)“I would rather miss the Olympics than take the vaccine. I am happy. I don’t want to get into it right now, but I have my reasons.”Blake, who is preparing to take part in his third Olympics, finished second in the men’s 100m and 200m at London 2012, only being beaten by legendary countryman Usain Bolt.Blake also won two Olympic gold medals as part of his nation’s 4x100m relay team in London, repeating the feat four years later in Rio.Blake’s pessimism over his potential Olympic ban seems to be groundless as the International Olympic Committee announced last month that the vaccination will not be mandatory for athletes wishing to compete in Tokyo.The Olympic governing body encouraged future Games participants to get vaccinated before arriving in Japan “to contribute to the safe environment of the Games.”

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‘I worry how it can affect my body’: High jump queen Lasitskene says she’ll avoid Covid vaccine for now over side effects fears The former men’s 100m world champion has revealed that his strident stance on not getting a Covid-19 jab hasn’t changed, stressing that even the threat of not being allowed to compete in Tokyo wouldn’t dissuade him from rejecting one.The four-time Olympic medalist said he had his “own reasons” for abstaining from the Covid-19 vaccination program and wouldn’t be drawn into specifying his fears and doubts surrounding the jab.“My mind still stays strong – I don’t want the vaccine,” Blake said after competing at a local event in his homeland.

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Ex-US president Trump uses major speech return to warn Biden that ‘crazy’ transgender athlete rules will ‘destroy women’s sports’

As a weightlifter. He'd unwind trans rights with exec orders but didn't emphasize it at rallies.— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 28, 2021″I think it’s crazy what is happening – we must protect the integrity of women’s sports,” he explained.“And I don’t even know, is that controversial? The records that have stood for years, even decades, are being smashed with ease.”Despite some headlines describing Trump as having “attacked” and belittled the transgender community in his remarks, the billionaire received a deluge of support online, including from many who admitted that they had never sided with him politically.“Attacks” transgenders? Apples vs apples.— SUGAR (@SUGARTHEGIRL) March 1, 2021The anti-trans stuff is the first bit here that seems new – while PACs hit that during the campaign, Trump didn't talk about it. Period.— Me@outhere (@paloma_bella) March 1, 2021I am a woman I agree with him. It's common sense.— Erika (@tigerfly21) February 28, 2021″Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males.“It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they were.“A lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports. A trans woman who was born a man still has the physical superiority over a natural born woman.— Rachel (@sportsgoddess24) March 1, 2021Women of all political parties should be outraged about this. Yes please protect the integrity of women’s sports. Hate to say that, ladies, but you have got a lot of new records that are being shattered.”This is a no brainer who is born a male can’t and should not be playing with women in any women’s sports it’s just not fair a dude has a lot more endurance and muscle power than girls. Genetic builds are genetics builds.— Mandy (@JohnnyxxFallsxx) March 1, 2021Appearing to perform a bizarre impression of someone pushing weights, Trump singled out weightlifting and observed that “every ounce [has been] like a big deal for many years.””All of a sudden, somebody comes along and beats it by 100lb. But as an athlete. I’d have no chance. NO biological males in women's sports! Reacting to the move by his replacement in the White House, Joe Biden, to sign a new gender discrimination act as one of his first jobs in office and a sign of his departure from his predecessor’s policies, Trump said that women’s records were being “smashed with ease” by competitors whose biological gender was male.Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, tough-talking Trump is said to have earned cheers and laughs as he boggled at rules that are set to allow transgender athletes to compete in high school and college sports in accordance with their gender identity, rather than biological sex.”Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy women’s sports,” Trump said, articulating his reservations about an executive order that Biden immediately signed upon taking office in January.I actually agree with him on this & I’m not a Trump fan 😫. These big dudes out here whipping up on women in sports is almost criminal! It's sad to see real women take the hit. IT IS CALLED GENETICS! All his statements no. “He said that ‘biological men are ending women’s sports’ and it’s completely true.”Men have testosterone, more muscle and strength, also bigger thoracic capacity. It is called genetics. Just have transgender competitions. He said “biological men are ending women’s sports” and it’s completely true. Not rocket science— Natacha Guerra (@NatachaGuerra_) March 1, 2021We really suppose to believe trump cares about women rights 🤔😂😂— Rod (@RodnyeTheoc) February 28, 2021″‘Attacks’ transgenders?'” asked one. Hormone therapy or not. I’m 100% supportive of the trans community, but there needs to be a different category for women’s sports. Not rocket science.”Trump, who has regularly been accused of sensationalism and shock tactics, said that he did not believe his forthright opinions on the sensitive subject were divisive.Only time I agree with him. Men have testosterone (more muscle and strength) also bigger thoracic capacity. Someone said, ‘well that’s going to be very controversial’ and I said, ‘that’s OK – you have not heard anything yet.”

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‘It will DESTROY women’s sports’: Tennessee governor Bill Lee wades into transgender athletes row It’s really not fair to put a transgender in a woman sport because there physical dominance will always be stronger than a woman.— Gigi StJuste (@gigistjuste) February 28, 2021If you look at the science, men do have a physical advantage in sports over women. Follow RT on

Ex-US president Donald Trump has won widespread support after reports claimed he had “attacked” the transgender community and “mocked” athletes in his first major speech since leaving office, voicing his fears for women’s sports.

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Russian ‘striptease’ skating star Elizaveta Tuktamysheva says she wants to ‘get satisfaction’ from 2021 World Championships

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Figure skating ace Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who recently earned the right to represent Russia at the showpiece, has said her main goal at the upcoming 2021 World Figure Skating Championships is to “enjoy it and get satisfaction.”

The 24-year-old beat reigning European gold medalist Alena Kostornaia at the Russian Cup final in Moscow, earning the sole remaining spot on the national squad, which will travel to Sweden later this month.Known as The Empress by her fans, Tuktamysheva finished third, behind legendary coach Eteri Tutberidze’s trio, led by 14-year-old Kamila Valieva.However, as none of the podium finishers are yet age eligible to compete in senior events, the only vacant place on the team went to Tuktamysheva, who is now set to re-emerge on the world scene following a six-year absence. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Александра Чернышенко (@chernyshenko_sasha_fs)Her last appearance at world level was in 2015, when the talented skater left all other competitors in her wake to win gold.Talking about her long-awaited return, Tuktamysheva said she was “overwhelmed with happiness” and was focused more on enjoying her performance at the season-ending event than on winning medals.“I haven’t performed at the world championships for so long, so I simply want to enjoy it and have the satisfaction of being there,” the skater said. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Фотостудия GOHOME LOFT 🏠 (@go_home_loft)The world and European champion shared her topless pictures on her Instagram page, prompting many complimentary comments from fans who called her “gorgeous” and praised her work on and off the ice.Two seasons ago, Tuktamysheva stunned the world with her “striptease” routine at the exhibition gala – launching the so-called undressing trend in figure skating. Also on rt.com
‘Her body would inspire masterpieces’: Coach defends skating star Tuktamysheva’s revealing men’s mag photoshoot View this post on InstagramA post shared by Oboz Sport (@obozrevatelsport) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@liza_tuktik)”I don’t want to make any plans regarding my final place – I just want to be fully prepared for the competition and to show my programs on the international stage.” Last week, Tuktamysheva was widely discussed in Russia after taking part in a revealing photo shoot for Maxim magazine.

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Champion trainer Gordon Elliott ‘apologizes profoundly’ after Grand National winner admits controversial dead horse photo is real

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“Hearing a shout from one of my team, I gestured to wait until I was finished. Such background information may seem trivial at this time and will not allay the concerns of many people both within and outside the world of horse racing.”The furore surrounding the offending image hasn’t gone unnoticed by several other bodies within the sport. Sickening. No wonder many think that racing folks have no respect for the horse. https://t.co/adHqJXXrbA— Andrew Hawkins (@AndrewNJHawkins) February 28, 2021″I can categorically state that the welfare of each and every horse under my care is paramount and has been central to the success that we have enjoyed,” his statement continued.”The photo in question was taken some time ago and occurred after a horse had died of an apparent heart attack on the gallops.”At what was a sad time, which it is when any horse under my care passes away, my initial reaction was to get the body removed from where it was positioned. “I was standing over the horse waiting to help with the removal of the body, in the course of which, to my memory, I received a call and, without thinking, I sat down to take it. Also on rt.com
‘If it’s real, it’s disgusting’: Grand National-winning trainer under fire for ‘social media picture of him sitting on dead horse’ Follow RT on

Industry-leading racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott has issued a “profound apology” after a photograph showing him straddling a dead horse drew outraged accusations of animal cruelty after it began circulating on social media. It is as bad as it gets. A prominent gambling website has since ended a partnership with Elliott, describing the incident as being “completely at odds with the value of the brand”, while animal rights watchdog World Horse Welfare said: “This photo looks abhorrent. We understand the trainer has apologised and there is an investigation ongoing.”Elliott has confirmed that he will fully participate in any ongoing investigations, which industry insiders have suggested could lead to a ban forcing him to miss the upcoming Cheltenham festival and putting his participation in April’s Grand National – where Tiger Roll will chase a record-equalling third win – into serious question. Elliott, who trained the world-famous Tiger Roll to two successive Grand National wins in 2018 and 2019, came under fire after the image, which shows him taking a phone call while sitting atop the deceased animal, went viral on social media over the course of the weekend.The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) announced that they were opening an investigation into the matter, to which Irishman Elliott confirmed he would participate fully – and the 43-year-old has since come forward with a mea culpa.”I apologise profoundly for any offence that this photo has caused,” Elliott announced.If this is real it’s disgusting but I really hope this is a fake #GordonElliottpic.twitter.com/2yjQEDUidd— Me and Him (@BarwickYvonne) February 28, 2021Gordon Elliott is trying to explain away that photo by saying that he just happened to sit on a dead horse by chance whilst on the phone and someone just happened to take a photo…. Even if 99% do, the 1% perpetuate the image of an uncaring, unfeeling racing industry. pic.twitter.com/KLZKGsCqdw— Caolán Mc Aree (@Caolanmcaree) February 28, 2021Just saw this Gordon Elliott picture.

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Tiger Woods praises ‘really touching’ red-and-black tribute from stars after golf icon was badly injured in high-speed car wreck

He’s got a huge recovery ahead of him.Awesome gesture @McIlroyRory and the others following. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”In addition to McIlroy, other members of the field including Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Cameron Champ and Jason Day also took part in the tribute to Woods.”I guess, for us, it’s just a gesture to let him know that we’re thinking about him and we’re rooting for him,” McIlroy said afterwards.”Obviously, things are looking a little better today than they were on Tuesday, but he’s still got a way to go. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 1, 2021The first time @McIlroyRory has worn red and black in his career. The game is so irrelevant compared to humans nature and life in general. If there was no Tiger Woods, I just think the Tour and the game of golf in general would be in a worse place.”He’s meant a lot to us, he still does mean a lot to us and I think that was just a little way to show that.”In addition to players, several caddies and volunteers also noted their support for Woods by wearing face-coverings with messages of goodwill written on them. Nice to see support from the peers! Well done guys.— D (@drew_609) February 28, 2021Good man Rory a fantastic gesture— chris thompson (@frickleton) February 28, 2021″But I think [it’s] just for everyone to show their appreciation for what he means to us out here. Also on rt.com
Tiger Woods ‘recovering and in good spirits’ as career hangs in balance after horror car crash

Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico Open, which is sanctioned by the PGA Tour, had their entire maintenance staff adopt the color scheme.Woods, who remains at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, released a statement last week to say that he is “recovering and in good spirits” following the crash.Questions remain as to when – or even if – one of the sport’s most transformative athletes might return to his best after recovering from his debilitating injuries. 

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‘He’s not dead’: Golf fans baffled by ‘bizarre’ tribute to Tiger Woods planned by fellow players Several members of the field at The Concession, including former world number one Rory McIlroy, sported the color scheme adopted by Woods for much of his record-breaking career as a tribute to the 45-year-old 15-time Major winner who suffered numerous injuries in the accident close to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Woods’ SUV rolled over several times in the single-car crash before he was taken to hospital for treatment on multiple leg fractures and a shattered ankle, ending hopes of a potential comeback from back surgery at the Masters in August this coming April. Even as Woods faces an extended layoff from the fairway, his presence is still being felt within the sport after a number of players opted to show their support for the star by adopting his famous black and red for one night only.It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/mpXDbJreOD— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2021Watching the tributes from his hospital bed, Woods took to social media to express his gratitude at the touching gesture.”It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts,” Woods wrote. 👍🙌👏— Andy Wellsbury (@Wellsbury83) February 28, 2021Love this! Follow RT on

Tiger Woods has thanked golfers who donned his famous red and black attire on the final day of a tournament, saying it was “hard to explain” his emotions as he recovers from multiple leg injuries suffered in a car crash last week. I’m sure @TigerWoods appreciates all the support from the tour players!

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Police ‘arrest former Barcelona president Bartomeu and two club bosses’ as staff see football giants’ offices raided by officers

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Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested alongside two senior Barcelona officials in the latest development in a police investigation less than a week before the club’s presidential elections end, a Spanish news source has said. More likely to emerge throughout the day.— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) March 1, 2021The report also claimed that other buildings were being searched as part of a case that it said had “erupted” over a high-profile row last year, when a company was allegedly hired to undermine club legends including Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique online, as well as former players and presidential candidates.Barcelona strongly denied any involvement in the allegations and dropped a deal they held with I3 Ventures, the company behind the social media accounts involved.Bartomeu had been due to leave the club next month but departed prematurely in the face of an imminent vote of confidence that was driven by a petition carrying 20,000 signatures. “We are in the process of carrying out an operation at the moment with agents from the financial crimes unit,” they said.Final candidates Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa are vying to become the next president, with the ballot delayed from 24 January because of the Covid-19 pandemic. His resignation was unrelated to the social media scandal, which has been dubbed “Barcagate”.An external audit later cleared Barca of any wrongdoing, concluding that it did not pay over the odds for services with I3 and was not guilty of corruption on a financial level. Reports in Spain say the club's CEO and head of legal have been arrested. Catalonian cops have raided the offices of the Spanish football giants and reportedly swooped on ex-president Bartomeu, who resigned at the end of October along with the club’s entire board of directors.Local force the Mossos d’Esquadra are said to have taken action – moving in just six days before the long-awaited presidential elections to permanently replace Bartomeu end – on grounds of suspected unfair administration, corruption between individuals and money laundering.Employees were told to leave the club’s headquarters on Monday and have been unable to access their workplace while officers search for evidence, with Nacion Digital reporting that CEO Oscar Grau and head of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti were also arrested.FC Barcelona confirm police have entered the club's premises today. Also on rt.com
It wasn’t me: Former Barcelona chief DENIES leaking Messi’s mega €555mn contract – but says star DESERVES what he earns

Five-times Champions League winners Barcelona are enduring a turbulent period, highlighted by a report at the end of last month that showed the club is around $1.2 billion in debt.Stars including all-time top scorer Messi agreed to take a collective wage cut of around $132 million in November, but there are fears that Barca could even face bankruptcy despite having the most commercial clout of any club in the world.More turmoil materialized in January, when Messi’s contract details were reported by a newspaper amid rumors that the iconic striker’s deal had been leaked as an inside job.A club statement categorically denied any involvement in the publication of the papers, expressed “absolute support” for Messi against any “attempt to discredit his image” and pledged to take “appropriate legal action” over any damage caused by the revelations. Also on rt.com
Barcelona ‘run the risk of BANKRUPTCY in 2021’ unless they trim €190 million off wage bill amid Covid-19 losses

Police have kept the case open with their own investigation, first visiting the club’s offices last June to search for documents relating to the allegations.A spokesman for the force told ESPN that arrests were being made while declining to name the individuals concerned. Also on rt.com
Bye, bye Bartomeu: Now that the Barca boss has gone and Lionel Messi’s got what he wanted, the pressure will be on him to deliver

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Punch drunk: UFC star Paulo Costa mocked by fans over claim he ‘drank too much wine’ the night before Israel Adesanya title fight

All that calm freaked me out.”

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‘You’ll be OBSESSED with me forever’: UFC champ Adesanya MOCKS bitter rival as Costa threatens to KILL him over messages (VIDEO)

Listeners were predictably unconvinced. pic.twitter.com/Ap4xi6Pbgm— Nathan (@devout_liberal) February 28, 2021The night before the biggest fight of his fighting career and he drinks too much wine? He elaborated in the video about exactly how he felt in the cage after his pre-fight bender.”It was a different feeling,” he said in the video. Brazil’s Costa surrendered his unbeaten professional record when he was beaten by middleweight champion Adesanya in Abu Dhabi last September, but more more disappointing than the result was the performance of the usually ferocious slugger.Rather than hunting down his opponent as he had done in his previous 13 fights, Costa stayed at range and presented an easy target to the laser-sighted Adesanya.Costa initially pointed to less-than-ideal scenarios in preparation which had hindered his performance, at the time suggesting that a lack of sleep was a significant factor.Lmfao Costa said he Drank a whole bottle of wine before the night before the fight to go sleep, was drunk when he fought, Leg cramps, didn't fight properly because he was too calm, was sleepy and yawning the whole time and had many other factors going into the fight??? Jon Jones? In this fight, the championship fight, I was sleepy, yawning and unworried.”It was odd. “What a cry baby,” retorted MMA fighter Ramsey Nijem. 😂— MartialMind 🇳🇬🇺🇲 (@MartialMind1) February 28, 2021″The UFC told us to wake up at five in the morning to go to the arena to fight. I hadn’t slept until 2.30.”It was my mistake and I don’t blame anyone else. I had it all.”he’s reaching for those grapes pic.twitter.com/fx2o30i9ot— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) February 28, 2021I believe him.A usual outcome after a few too many glasses of wine tbh. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/mPKa8uSh6Y— OG_Trillmatic (@OTrillmatic) February 28, 2021Paulo Costa fans must be so embarrassed rn….and remember this is a man that got humped in the cage but somehow this is worse to me— Euman Trash (@KrayT1to) February 28, 2021Several months on from the world title fight, he now says that he probably shouldn’t have drank a bottle of wine the night before the fight.”I was kind of drunk [when] I fought, maybe, on hangover,” Costa said on his YouTube channel (via translation).”I couldn’t sleep because of [leg] cramps. “You drank the wine and got f**ked. I was too calm. Two glasses, it didn’t work. He should never be given another shot at the title.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Paulo Costa (@borrachinhamma)Costa will get his opportunity to rebound from the Adesanya loss when he fights former 185lbs titleholder Robert Whittaker in a five-round main event on April 17 – when Costa promises we will see the return of the man who fought his way to title contention, rather than the person who ultimately surrendered the opportunity.”It will be the same Paulo of always, going for the knockout at all times. Today we know that was a mistake, but talking is easy.”

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‘Human trash’: Paulo Costa swears revenge against Israel Adesanya after seeing X-rated post-fight celebrations at UFC 253 (VIDEO) I didn’t feel anything, not even an agony, ‘Wow, I’m fighting for the title.’ Not even that. It was something I chose [to do] but, in order to try to sleep, because I had to sleep since I had been awake for 24 hours, I had wine – too much wine, a bottle [of wine] to try to black out.”I had a glass and it didn’t work. Half bottle, didn’t work. “I’m always very active in every fight.”There’s some apprehension, fear of getting hit and whatnot, so you’re on. “The thing is, I was 20, 10 percent of my capacities in the Adesanya fight.”We had to change the the strategy in the locker room – ‘don’t attack him, just wait for the first two rounds’ – which was a mistake. We have to wake up at 5 to get ready, stretch, wrap the hands. You’re not the first.””So the night before the biggest fight of his career he ‘drank too much wine’,” said one fan, while others compared Costa’s surprising explanation to the roundly-discredited reasons given by former boxing champion Deontay Wilder for his knockout defeat against Tyson Fury last year.”The fight that would’ve not only made him a UFC champion but also dethroned a fighter who many before him couldn’t, and that’s how serious he took it. Keep in mind that the fight happens at 9am [local time]. pic.twitter.com/TLHRgsXma1— T (@TonyYoull) February 28, 2021Costa, who lost by second-round knockout in the fight, had previously admitted that he should have sought to postpone the fight for a week given his problems sleeping. It's a fabrication… Who does he think he is? I haven’t changed,” he said. Follow RT on

Paulo Costa had a novel excuse for his unusually tepid performance in his world title bout against Israel Adesanya, earning derision for admitting that he was “hungover” from a full bottle of wine he had drunk hours beforehand.

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‘Khabib’s a big inspiration’: Aljamain Sterling says he plans on harnessing Khabib’s dominant style to dethrone Petr Yan (VIDEO)

The (still reigning) UFC lightweight champion is about as oppressive a grappler as mixed martial arts has ever seen and Sterling, whose own style is predicated on a similar foundation, says that Yan’s compatriot has been an inspiration to him.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Aljamain Sterling (@funkmastermma)”Oh yeah, I look up to Khabib,” he said. We fight for a living, so you’re doing all those antics outside the cage, I don’t really get it. “I corner him, he throws something, leaves himself open, allows me to get inside for an attack, I drag him down, he defends it, that’s fine, drag him down again, get on his back and end the fight.” Also on rt.com
‘It’s not going to round five’: UFC champ Petr Yan vows to finish Aljamain Sterling inside the distance as both amp up trash-talk

Few could deny Sterling – a 14-fight UFC veteran – the opportunity but the man he faces inside the cage in Las Vegas next weekend appears to have all but dismissed the American’s chances. Yan, whose sole career defeat came in 2016, has engaged in a social media back-and-forth with Sterling in which he has, among several other forecasts, predicted that he will finish the fight inside the distance.As far as Yan is concerned though, these are just empty promises.”I think he’s just trying to intimidate everybody,” Sterling told RT Sport of the man he faces at UFC 259. “I used to compete like that, just angry all the time. “Khabib’s a big inspiration to my style and helping me understand that, yeah, a fight can be on the feet, but when you’re good at something, stick to what you’re good at.”I look at Khabib, and that style is relentless pressure, it’s really hard to stop a guy like that. If you don’t know how to deal with that grind, it can wear on you, it’s uncomfortable and it keeps you guessing and it dictates the pace of the fight and the tempo.”If he’s not putting you away, eventually you’re going to grab that guy down. “I always find it weird when fighters try to intimidate fighters. Wrestling is a grinding mentality. “I always have to find my place of intensity,” he says of his own approach to the fight. If there is one other fighter whose style could be similarly described, that might well be Khabib Nurmagomedov. Especially if you’re a good grappler, like Khabib or myself. While the irony of taking a leaf from Khabib’s book to help defeat the UFC’s other Russian champion would be significant, he plans on taking whichever route to victory presents itself first.”I’m not looking to get any style points,” he explained. But now I compete more, it’s still intense, but not with the same amount of anger… it’s a little bit more controlled anger, more controlled chaos. Unless you’re actually going to swing for the person, it becomes a whole different game, then it’s defend at all costs.”As the well-worn cliche dictates, the time for talking is almost at an end and Sterling says that he is under no illusions as to the task which awaits him in the Nevada desert. “He’s tough, he’s got serious skills, he hits hard, he’s a tough dude, he’s been around for a while now, he’s had a bunch of fights, he’s had some boxing fights,” Sterling said. I pride myself on that.”

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Russian bantamweight champ Yan reveals reasons for scrapped UFC 256 title fight with Sterling

But whatever the method he employs to get there, Sterling says the destination will be the same – and it involves him lifting UFC gold aloft inside the Octagon late next Saturday night. After a run of seven wins in his last eight, New York’s Sterling finally gets his opportunity at UFC gold in less than a week’s time where he will be tasked with quashing bantamweight champion Yan’s impressive winning streak, and realizing his own championship aspirations in the process. “I’m just excited to get in there with him and see who the best guy is. Follow RT on

UFC title challenger Aljamain Sterling says that he will look to implement his own version of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s suffocating grappling style when he attempts to prize the 135lbs world title from Petr Yan’s grasp at UFC 259.

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‘Stomach-turning’: Norwegian ski star airlifted to hospital after horrific crash leaves her screaming in agony (VIDEO)

But Kajsa Vickhoff Lie in the Women’s Super G crash just now, has turned my stomach. 💞🙏— U.S. I hope she recovers soon https://t.co/WJSCHwwkCz— Adele Turton (@adeleturton) February 28, 2021Thinking this evening of Kajsa Vickhoff Lie and Rosina Schneeberger who crashed heavily and painfully in today's SuperG at Val di Fassa in Italy, and had to be helicoptered off the slope. © AFP View this post on InstagramA post shared by Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (@kajsalie)Incredibly, a second medical airlift was required soon after the event resumed after Austria’s Rosina Schneeberger when, while at the top of her run, she connected with a control gate before crashing and, just as Vickhoff Lie did a short time earlier, coming to a stop entangled in security netting. She was stretchered away from the slopes and transported to hospital for treatment. Follow RT on

Skiing fans have admitted to having their “stomachs turned” after an horrific accident involving Kajsa Vickhoff Lie in the super-G in Val di Fassa which left the Norwegian screaming in obvious pain with a suspected broken leg. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 28, 2021Parent of a budding ski racer, I’ve watched 100s of races and plenty of crashes too. Also on rt.com
US skier airlifted to hospital after horror crash which saw him slide face first down slope in Switzerland (VIDEO) I don’t think I’ll be able to watch Allegra at this l level. Best wishes to both.— Bob Constanduros (@BobConstanduros) February 28, 2021Horrible ski crash broken leg Kajsa Vickhoff Lie Val di Fassa Italy Super G pic.twitter.com/n6okLRXMOS— ivan (@ivan8848) February 28, 2021The race was delayed for a period of 30 minutes to allow for Vickhoff Lie to receive treatment on the slopes, as well as to facilitate her airlift. 
Kajsa Vickhoff Lie was airlifted after the crash. The 22-year-old lost control as she descended the Italian slopes Sunday after hitting an edge at high speed which caused her to plummet backwards and collide with the safety net. Replays of the incident appeared to show Vickhoff Lie’s left leg twist at an awkward angle and when she finally came to rest, her anguished cries of pain could be clearly heard on the television broadcast.Reports from the scene have since suggested that she suffered a broken leg in the crash as well as injuries to at least one of her knees.She was subsequently airlifted to hospital for treatment for her serious injuries.Sending our thoughts to @Skiforbundet’s Kajsa Vickhoff Lie after her horrible crash at the @valdifassa@fisalpine World Cup super-G today.

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‘If I’d scored more, maybe he’d still be here’: Misfiring Timo Werner laments lack of goals may have cost Lampard Chelsea job

It’s different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.”For me, that was the thing he changed. He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga. Everyone associated with the club – even Lampard, the man who campaigned so vigorously to bring Werner to London – they will be hoping that Werner’s Premier League apprenticeship soon begins paying off. And there is no better place to start than at home to Manchester United. “For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.”Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more but you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.”Chelsea’s initial signs under Tuchel have been promising. The club remain undefeated under his tenure, even if the type of dazzling, free-flowing style of football craved by Abramovich has yet to bed in.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Chelsea FC (@chelseafc)Installing the German into the Chelsea top job was thought to be – in part at least – designed to coax improved performances from Werner and the other megabucks summer investment from the Bundesliga, Kai Havertz. And the signs, at least initially, are promising.”I understood the old manager very well,” he said. He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals.”

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Roman’s revolution: As Werner admits to ‘struggling’ since Chelsea move, how are the rest of Lampard’s major signings performing? “It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Timo Werner (@timowerner)”When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances,” Werner told Sky Sports. Follow RT on

Timo Werner has been anything but a rousing success since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer and the German forward admits his lack of goals may have played a part in Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack Frank Lampard. Werner was hailed as the new focal point of Chelsea’s forward line when he signed a big-money deal to spearhead the Blues’ attack as part of Abramovich’s major investment into the club’s playing staff over the summer months. So far though, the 35-times capped international has flattered to deceive up front, finding the net just five times in 24 Premier League appearances ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. 

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‘Even the mascot’s in disbelief’: Fans stunned as Chelsea star Werner misses sitter from just yards out vs Rennes (VIDEO)

Werner has admitted that he has struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the infamously combative Premier League after an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga last season which saw him claim 28 goals in just 34 appearances. And if he had been able to hit the ground running in West London, he says that things might just have been different for Frank Lampard – the club legend who was compelled to fall on his sword in response to a prolonged spell of poor form, and was subsequently replaced by Werner’s compatriot Thomas Tuchel.

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‘He’s BACK!’ Spurs fans delirious as Bale stars for Mourinho’s men in rout against Burnley

Bale showed shades of his very best as he assisted one goal and scored two himself in a 4-0 Premier League win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which keeps Spurs in the hunt for a top-four place. Making a rare start in the Premier League, Bale rewarded Mourinho’s show of faith after just two minutes when he poked home a cross from Son Heung-min. 
Bale poked home Spurs first against Burnley. pic.twitter.com/2pC6ackAij— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 28, 2021With his well-known fondness for a round of golf, some observers joked that it was perhaps no coincidence that we were seeing a Bale revival after the announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that courses would re-opening next month as the country slowly emerges from lockdown. Gareth Bale is playing like someone that's just found out golf courses are set to reopen on 29th March.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 28, 2021Next up for Spurs is a trip to London rivals Fulham on Thursday, and Mourinho and fans will hope that Sunday’s display is a sign that they can once again count on Bale in what promises to be a challenging run-in to the end of the season.    pic.twitter.com/LDUqBKkyu9— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 28, 2021BALE HAS ARRIVED.— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) February 28, 2021After a disappointing run of five defeats in their past six league games, the Spurs faithful were also delighted at seeing their team in such free-flowing form. Manager Mourinho has taken the rap for what has been perceived as an overly defensive approach in recent weeks, and Tottenham supporters were all the more excited to see an attacking line-up which at one stage saw Kane, Son, Bale and Dele Alli all on the pitch at the same time, before Bale made way for Erik Lamela on 70 minutes. We are now BASKing in an attacking front four we all wanted to see #THFC— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) February 28, 2021Bale back? ◉ 5 goals ◉ 3 assists He’s back. © Reuters The on-loan star then played a sensational long-range pass for Harry Kane, who collected before blasting past Nick Pope in the Burnley net. Lucas Moura then made it three as he smashed home to put Spurs 3-0 up heading into half-time. 
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Gareth Bale finally gave Tottenham fans a taste of why they brought him back on loan from Real Madrid as the Welshman inspired Jose Mourinho’s team to victory against Burnley. #THFCpic.twitter.com/eCh6bkYMaU— COYS.com (@COYS_com) February 28, 2021Gareth Bale has been directly involved in eight goals in his last four appearances for Tottenham in all competitions. © Reuters Bale’s work was not done as he curled a superb left-footed effort into the bottom corner 10 minutes into the second half, following good work from Son. The 31-year-old Welshman’s performance had fans gushing that they were FINALLY seeing the star player they thought they were bringing home when they captured him on loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season. Two goals. One assist.Bale is running the show! 🤔Bale, Kane & Son all involved in the goals against Burnley pic.twitter.com/VgQoFyktb4— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 28, 2021Bale also got on the scoresheet in Spurs’ Europa League victory against Wolfsberger in mid-week, on that occasion firing in another stunning left-footed effort from the edge of the box. 7 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances for Tottenham in all competitions (four goals & three assists).

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