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4 hours ago, aws said:

It depends on the fixture and the level of hospitality you choose. I'd expect the cheapest to be at least £100. 

About £400 when I went! Nice meal at Aintree  though and bussed there and back which was very handy seeing the craziness round the ground now!


EDIT - thinking about it think that was the price for two!

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Once again, the 'myth' that it was all English people is nailed. These social media companies dont do enough to stop this vile abuse.

The BBC's File on 4 programme has been investigating online racism within football to try to find out why such abuse was sent to England's players after the Euro 2020 final.

The programme approached a number of these trolls, and one man who racially abused Bukayo Saka online says he now wants to apologise.

Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all received a torrent of racist abuse online after missing penalties in the final.

One troll - a man in his early twenties from Saudi Arabia - sent Saka a number of monkey emojis on Instagram.

His Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours as a result, but says now he should have been banned from social media for longer.

He agreed to speak to File on 4 when he was confronted about his actions.

He says he had been supporting England during the final and was "angry" when the team lost on penalties.

He also admits he knew what he was doing was racist: "It was a big mistake. I was angry and I didn't know when Saka saw the monkey what he would feel. I saw other people were typing the same emoji and I went with them.

"I really want to apologise to Saka, it was a mistake and I will not do it again to him or any black player."

The troll revealed his account was temporarily suspended by Instagram for 24 hours after the post was reported to the platform.

But he says he now believes he should have been banned "forever" because his post was "really racist".

Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings taking a knee before England v Andorraimage sourceGetty Images
image captionEngland players have defied boos to take a knee before matches as an anti-racist gesture

Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha - an outspoken commentator on football and racism - said he thought the troll's words were hollow.

"Where he says, 'I should be banned for life,' it feels like he's saying that because he thinks that's the right thing to say," Onuoha told the BBC.

"He went to Bukayo Saka's Instagram account and put a monkey emoji in a comment for one of his posts when he didn't have to, but did it because everyone else was doing it.

"He probably thought everyone else was as angry as he was. I understand disappointment but anger is where for me it crosses a line, because it makes people behave in ways like this, which I think is just wrong on every level."

Racist accounts still online

The troll's account was one of 105 reported to Instagram in the wake of the the Euro final, but File on 4 found 79 of these were still up online more than six weeks on.

Callum Hood, from the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, who helped carry out the research, said he believed the findings showed a lack of desire by social media companies to deal with the problem of online racism.

"Instagram itself had said earlier in the year it would ban accounts that send racial abuse to footballers, so they're clearly not delivering on that promise," he said.

"We're talking about people using the N-word to abuse footballers, people posting monkey emojis, telling people to go home.

"Social media platforms have their own standards which say they don't allow racism, that there's no place for it on their platforms, but their actions show they don't care about it enough to actually deal with the problem."

Instagram said it had removed a number of accounts and comments from the platform for breaking the rules as a result of File on 4's investigation.

Raheem Sterling celebrating his goal as Hungarian fans gesture angrilyimage sourceGetty Images
image captionEngland said racist abuse players received from opposition fans in Hungary was "completely unacceptable"

It said users who violated its rules on hate speech might not necessarily lose their accounts immediately, but such content would be removed.

The company also said it had rolled out a number of safety features which helped stop people seeing abuse in their comments and direct messages.

Police looking into the online abuse that followed the final say more than half of the 396 posts being investigated are from accounts overseas, with most coming out of Asia and Europe.

So far 12 people have been arrested in the UK and one person has been charged.

In a separate development, Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings after racist abuse was aimed at England players by Hungary fans during Thursday's 4-0 win in Budapest.

'Sick of the platitudes'

Tony Burnett, CEO of football's biggest anti-racism campaign group, Kick It Out, believes social media platforms need to take more responsibility for the racist abuse directed at England's players during the final.

"I'm sick of hearing the platitudes. I was at the final and when the penalty was missed, we knew exactly what was going to happen.

"If we knew, then the social media organisations should have known what was going to happen and they should have done more to protect those young men that stepped up bravely to take our penalties."



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Good result for Scotland, though banking on them to get a string of consecutive results against Israel (home), Moldova (away), Faeros (away) and presumably something at home from Denmark when they are so blunt in front of goal is a huge task.

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1 hour ago, Jairzinho said:

France, and Benzema and Griezmann in particular, have played some phenomenal football. 

Especially Griezmann, against a terrible team though. Such a great player, wasted two years of his career at Barca, when he would have been a perfect fit for this Liverpool team. 

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1 hour ago, an tha said:

This just happened to VVD in the 90th minute of a game they were 6-1 up in....




Mixed reports on twatter about how he is after it.

Was the player sent off?


Wait, no. Forward's challenge so of course he wasn't...

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So hang on, how the fuck does this make any sense? Brazil frogmarched UK-based Argentine players off the field of play at the weekend because they apparently shouldn't be in the country. But UK-based Brazilian players are supposed to be in the country, and as such they're banned from playing for their clubs who didn't send them because they'd have to spend 10 days wanking in a hotel room on their return, which is a complete fucking waste of the millions we pay them?


Oh and arbitrarily saying where this rule can apply completely devalues it as a response. They can get to fuck the crying cunts. Honestly, international football is utter, utter piss.



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