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# Controversy

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# Controversy
Fenerbahce refuse to apologise after fans' 'Vladimir Putin' chant
On Thursday, Uefa announced it was opening an investigation into the supporters’ conduct.
# statement
Al Porter plans to return to comedy after five-year absence amid allegations
The comic – who had a sexual allegation raised against him in 2017 – said today that he wants to make a comeback.
# Controversy
BBC staff ‘raised concerns’ over Michael Vaughan’s return
The former Yorkshire batter returned to Test Match Special coverage for the recent England-New Zealand Test series.
# Grrrls
Lizzo removes offensive lyric from new song after criticism
The artist announced that she has removed the derogatory lyric in a written public apology.
# Controversy
England players jeered while taking knee in Hungary - boss blames ‘inherited thinking’
The majority of the bottom two tiers of the Puskas Arena were full for the Group A3 opener in Budapest.
# Controversy
Real Madrid's Benzema drops 'sex tape' appeal
Lawyer Hugues Vigier told French sports daily L’Equipe he did so because he was ‘exhausted’ by the process.
# alternate view
‘He has his opinion, I have mine’ – Tiger Woods on Phil Mickelson controversy
‘It’s always disappointing when the defending champion is not here,’ he added.
# Controversy
Damien Duff among 3 sent off as late drama sees Dundalk beat Shels
The Lilywhites won it five minutes from time when John Martin, who had only just been summoned from the bench, scored a delightful header
# Immigration
Rwanda president says UK asylum seeker deal 'not trading in humans'
The agreement has attracted criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda, and the United Nations.
# Controversy
Ballincollig RFC 'shocked and disappointed' as women senior status vote doesn't go ahead
A motion at the Munster Branch AGM was withdrawn to allow for ‘further consultation with stakeholders’, according to Munster Rugby.
# Controversy
McFarland: 'I can’t understand why that’s not a try... In my head, we won that game'
The Ulster boss was bewildered by the final result of a TMO check on what would have been a decisive try by Callum Reid.
# Opting out
Phil Mickelson removed from list of competitors for next month’s Masters
The three-time winner has been listed as a ‘past champion not playing’ on the tournament website.
# Controversy
Top Russian chess player suspended over Ukraine remarks
Sergey Karjakin is an outspoken supporter of President Vladimir Putin.
# Controversy
Commons Speaker asks police to investigate Josh Taylor win
Sir Lindsay Hoyle is Catterall’s MP in Chorley.
# Controversy
Russian gymnast's Ukraine invasion symbol blasted as 'shocking'
Ivan Kuliak’s shirt had the letter ‘Z’ prominently placed.
# Controversy
After uproar, Raith loan striker back to former club
David Goodwillie’s signing provoked an outcry among Rovers fans.
# Controversy
I’ve lost respect for Kell, says Amir Khan as Brook denies making racial slur
The pair traded final barbs ahead of their fight in Manchester this weekend.
# Controversy
Keir Starmer confirms he received death threats following Boris Johnson’s Savile slur
The Labour leader says the UK Prime Minister’s controversial comments ‘fed into’ a ‘right-wing conspiracy theory’, and this caused ‘difficulty’.
# end of the line
Controversial US sprinter Justin Gatlin retires at 40
Gatlin was twice suspended for doping offenses during his career.
# Controversy
'Animal lover' Moyes defends decision to pick Zouma
The France defender played the full 90 minutes as West Ham beat Watford.
# Controversy
Podcaster Joe Rogan apologises for racial slur after video surfaces
Spotify is facing growing discontent from musicians over Rogan’s podcast, for which it reportedly paid more than €87 million.
# Controversy
Belgian Olympian 'safe' after tearful plea from Beijing facility
Kim Meylemans was quickly moved from the Olympic Village, in the mountains north of the Chinese capital, and kept in isolation.
# Controversy
Scottish club defend new signing after angry backlash
Raith Rovers’ David Goodwillie was ruled by a judge in 2017 to have raped a woman.
# Controversy
Meeting between Defence Forces chief and Russian ambassador was arranged last November
Coveney was accused of undermining the Chief of Staff’s position.
# Controversy
'Pathetic' - Australia Open under fire for ban on Peng Shuai shirts
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was among those to criticise the decision.
# Controversy
Patrick Vieira critical of decision to award Liverpool penalty against Palace
The Eagles had been pushed for a late equaliser before Liverpool were given a late spot-kick.
# Controversy
Betis-Sevilla game abandoned after player hit by object
After a stoppage of around 45 minutes at the Benito Villamarin, the Spanish federation confirmed the last-16 game would not continue.
# Controversy
Djokovic doctor slams Australia for trying to deport 'super healthy' star
Igor Cetojevic, a Bosnian-born Serb who lives in Cyprus, criticised the decision.
# Apology
UK energy firm apologises after telling customers to ‘cuddle pets’ to keep warm
Other tips included “challenging the kids to a hula hoop competition”, “doing star jumps” and “cleaning the house”.
# Controversy
Australia cancels Czech tennis player's visa
Renata Voracova has reportedly been told she would have to leave the country.
# Controversy
Djokovic got 'no special favour' for jab exemption, says Australian Open boss
Craig Tiley has defended the integrity of the process that reviewed Djokovic’s exemption application.
# issue
Australian cricket hit by 1985 sexual abuse allegation
Jamie Mitchell claims that he was raped on the tour by a team official.
# Debate
Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks controversy in India
Protesters with black flags gathered at the site after it was unveiled this week.
All time
# Controversy
Referee should have 'stopped the game' before Liverpool equalised
Leading through Jonjo Shelvey’s early strike, Isaac Hayden collided with Jamaal Lascelles and was on the floor in the six-yard area when Diogo Jota scored.
# Controversy
Jude Bellingham under investigation by German FA for referee comments
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder criticised Felix Zwayer, who was banned for six months in 2005 for match-fixing, after Saturday’s defeat to Bayern.
# Controversy
Justin Bieber performs at Saudi F1 race despite boycott calls
The Canadian pop star has not commented on the public pressure surrounding his performance and calls for him to cancel the show.
# Controversy
BT Sport drops Vaughan from Ashes coverage as BBC leaves door ajar
English cricket has been rocked by racism revelations.
# Controversy
Shelbourne accept Women's Cup final result despite FAI investigation into player eligibility
Wexford Youths player Teegan Lynch was left off the initial team sheet in what is reported to have been an administrative error.
# Controversy
Hearts apologise after Orange Order’s ‘The Sash’ is played over PA system
Video footage emerged on social media of the song being relayed in the stadium.
# Controversy
Criticism following fascist salutes in Lazio stadium
The video shows supporters returning the salute while shouting ‘Duce, Duce’.