Fifa 21 review – fancy footwork and spectacular goals | Games

Never mind football coming home. This year, football had to work from home. Every major competition shut down at the height of the pandemic, leaving elite athletes to train over Zoom and fans to stare at incomplete league tables. Some, like the Scottish Premiership, awarded trophies. Others spent small fortunes Continue Reading

Making a demon of JK Rowling is a wretched sport, born of misogyny and resentment | Catherine Bennett | Opinion- Tempemail

The most powerful way to attack a book, Salman Rushdie writes in his memoir, Joseph Anton, “is to demonise its author, to turn him into a creature of base motives and evil intentions”. The same thing, it turns out, can be said of a “her”. Now that Twitter content doubles Continue Reading

Premier League clubs move to boycott advertising with firms that ‘fuel hatred’ | Football- Tempemail

Premier League clubs are in discussions over joining an advertising boycott of companies that fail to promote inclusion and diversity, part of a new front in the battle against online abuse. The pressure group Stop Funding Hate is talking with top-flight and EFL clubs over the possibility of signing up Continue Reading

As a kid I loved Pro Evolution Soccer 5 – now it’s won me a new comedy audience | Bilal Zafar | Stage

I began 2020 full of optimism, excited about returning to the Edinburgh fringe in August with a new show and feeling quite good about my standup. Then the pandemic arrived. As well as worrying about the health of family and friends, all my work disappeared overnight. The majority of my Continue Reading

Fifa v PES: the history of gaming’s greatest rivalry | Games

Earlier this year, Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto was due to compete in a charity Fifa 20 tournament, which ultimately raised almost £130,000 towards the fight against coronavirus. Yet his first-round match against Eibar’s Edu Expósito never took place. The reason? Barca are an official PES 2020 partner club – and publisher Continue Reading

On the run: lack of sport drives fans to madcap world of marble racing | Technology

“Can’t believe I watched this all the way to the end,” Gary Lineker tweeted early into Britain’s coronavirus crisis. “The lack of live sport is clearly getting to me.” He attached a 2-minute YouTube video in which a handful of marbles career down a twisting channel dug into sand, accompanied by a Continue Reading

Sport England leads ‘#StayInWorkOut’ movement to get Brits more active in lockdown- Tempemail

Showcasing the genius ways people are staying fit during lockdown, not even a global pandemic will stop Sport England from doing what it does best – leading a movement around exercise. Responding to the insight that 38% of adults in England have done less physical activity or exercise in the Continue Reading

What’s a sports marketer to do when there is no sport?- Tempemail

It’s April. In football parlance, this is when the ‘business end’ of the season really begins: title-deciding matches, relegation battle ‘six-pointers’, the race for a lucrative top-four place or promotion – not to mention those thrilling cup games that sometimes go to extra time and even penalties. But, to borrow Continue Reading

Budweiser redirects sport and entertainment spend into non-profits- Tempemail

Distiller Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser is joining its sports partners to help deal with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis by repurposing its plants and logistics network to produce hand sanitizer and utilise disused stadiums as blood donation centres for the American Red Cross. The brewer has pledged to donate $5m to Continue Reading

Ex-England footballer Eniola Aluko on how brands can help drive women’s sport forward- Tempemail

Brands need to speak to women at the places that they exercise every day in order to drive participation and boost the growth of women’s sport, according to former England footballer and Aston Villa Woman’s sporting director Eniola Aluko. In partnership with Iris, Aluko was speaking on a panel as Continue Reading