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Kick It Out launch app for fans to report abuse

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have launched a new mobile app for fans and players to report racist or homophobic abuse.

The app allows people to report abuse directly and anonymously, as soon as it occurs.

The new app will work as a supplement to the current ways to report abuse: email and telephone. Credit: Kick It Out/ The FA

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said the app will work as a tool to help clubs take responsibility for abuse that happens on their grounds:

"This new tool will help clubs and the authorities target instances of discriminatory behaviour more consistently while maintaining healthy and vocal rivalries at games.

"Clubs need to show they are being much more inclusive and reaching out to fans to show they are embracing everyone, and taking the responsibility for educating everyone - players, supporters and employees.

"If an incident does happen then clubs need to take responsibility and not blame someone else".

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England kit's striking resemblance to retro Germany top

The thick black collar and clean design of the newly-unveiled England football shirt has seen it quickly likened to the vintage West Germany strip from the 1970s.

England's 2013 strip bears several similarities to that worn by West Germany's Gerd Muller and his teammates in 1974. Credit: Twitter/@JackWilshere and Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

Oxlade-Chamberlain 'loving' new England home kit

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said he was "loving" the new England kit after teammate Jack Wilshere unveiled it on Twitter.

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FA chairman: Ferguson is 'greatest of modern era'

FA chief David Bernstein said Ferguson's achievements were "truly remarkable". Credit: PA

FA chairman David Bernstein paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign at Old Trafford.

He said: “Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements are truly remarkable – he is genuinely one of the greatest managers of all time and certainly of the modern era.

“His contribution to English football has been outstanding in every regard and, in The FA’s 150th year, it is something that should be celebrated.

“On behalf of The FA I’d like to wish him a happy and healthy retirement.”

The FA celebrates 150 years

The FA release a new shield made up of some of the most notable moments of its 150 year history Credit: The FA

The Football Association (FA) is celebrating its 150th anniversary on Wednesday and has released a new shield showing some of footballs most famous and landmark moments.

Images on the shield include:

The last Match at old Wembley in 2000

England Women v Germany Women Euro Final in 2009

Gazza Tears with Lineker in 1990

A David Beckham close up

The first black player, Arthur Wharton, in 1889.

A close up of the shield Credit: The FA

FA: Disappointed with UEFA's punishment of players

The FA has responded to UEFA 's punishment over England's U-21 match against Serbia:

We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England’s players.

Let’s be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football.

The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.

It is The FA’s vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.

We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.

We shall await UEFA’s reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions.

– FA General Secretary Alex Horne
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