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Romania’s Stanciu refused to take knee before England loss in support of Kudela after ban for racist abuse vs Rangers



ROMANIA star Nicolae Stanciu refused to take the knee before playing England because he was supporting team-mate Ondrej Kudela – the Czech international who was banned for 10 games for racial abuse.

The two men are pals at Slavia Prague, with the latter suspended after he racially abused Rangers star Glen Kamara in the Europa League.

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Nicolae Stanciu refused to take the knee before playing for Romania against England[/caption]


Ondrej Kudela (right) received a 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara in March[/caption]

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That has ruled him out of European Championship action for his country.

Stanciu played for Romania as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Three Lions on Sunday – and afterwards he stated he did not take the knee prior to kick off as he was standing in solidarity with Kudela, who has claimed he was punished ‘without any proof’.

As reported by the Daily Record, Stanciu said: “I did the same with Slavia, when I played against Arsenal in the quarter finals of the Europa League.

“It seems normal to me, and I decided to make the gesture for my colleague from Slavia, for Kudela, who without any proof was suspended for 10 matches after the game against Rangers.

“Just like that because a team-mate of Kamara’s heard that word that I can’t say. I decided not to take the knee and I don’t think that’s the solution.”

The Kudela and Kamara incident occurred back in March as the defender whispered something into the ear of the Gers midfielder.

Both Kamara and team-mate Bongani Zungu claimed that they heard a racial slur.

Kudela was found guilty of ‘racist behaviour’ following a formal investigation but denied all the allegations and claimed he simply said: “You’re a f***ing guy.”


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Kamara received a three-game ban as he was found guilty of assaulting Kudela in the tunnel after the full time whistle.

The 34-year-old launched an appeal after the guilty verdict, which was dismissed by Uefa last month.

Aamer Anwar, Kamara’s lawyer, said: “They should have a minimum one-year ban for players when it comes to this and they should be fining clubs and players substantial amounts so that it damages their pockets.

“If someone is setting up a Super League, then Uefa will almost move instantaneously and threaten all sorts of sanctions and punishments.

“But if it comes to racism, it’s very tokenistic. Take the knee, fly the banner, pop up a slogan and think it’s job done. It’s not job done.”

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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?




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The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

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Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

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With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

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