Football's need to better protect players: Attacked for tackling racism, fatigued from long seasons as the Euros & Copa America begin & requiring more action to prevent brain injuries

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Episode 22 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja.

On the agenda on June 12, 2021:

  • A look at the start to the European Championship, includes Rob's experiences in the England camp with seeing players face-to-face a rarity in the pandemic
  • Footballers continued to be booed taking a knee. We'll talk to Piara Powar of the anti-discrimination Fare network about racism concerns at the Euros as fans return to stadiums.
  • We also interview FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann about that jeering of players performing the anti-racism gesture and discuss the fatigue facing players with non-stop football, why substitutions could be allowed permanently and the action needed to reduce heading to limit the risk of footballers developing neurological diseases.
  • There's also the latest fallout from the Super League collapse with fines for Premier League clubs that aren't called fines.
  • Plus how the FIFA bribery case links to the new boss of world swimming's governing body.
  • And we respond to your feedback on Naomi Osaka's decision not to attend press conferences.

Send any questions to the team on Twitter @SportUnlocked

Check out videos from the interviews on Sport Unlocked's YouTube channel, Instagram or Twitter pages

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