International football fans protest suspension of games due to Queen’s death

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Last Tuesday, Bayern Munich fans released two banners protesting against the massive impact the Queen’s death has had on British football with various different games being postponed in the last minute.

The banners read  “Last minute match delays and bans because of a royal’s death!? Respect fans!”

The motive of the protest were the numerous Premier League and EFL games which were rearranged and also the few European games that had to be postponed like that of Rangers vs Napoli.

The game was only postponed by a day but that postponement meant that the Napoli fans would be unable to attend due to booking issues. It is however being reported that as a matter of integrity no Rangers fans will attend the return match on Naples.

The postponements were also brought up by English fans with the Football Supporters Association of England arguing that it was a missed opportunity to honour the late monarch.

In a statement the association had this to say: “Our view is that most fans would have liked to have been able to go to the games this weekend and to be able to show their respect for the Queen alongside the rest of their fellow fans.”

“Not everyone will agree, so there was no perfect decision for the authorities, but many fans feel this has been a missed opportunity for football to be able to pay tribute.”

This protest occurred whilst the German champions were beating Spanish side Barcelona 2-0. This was their second game in their UCL group stage which also includes Italian side Inter Milan and Czech team Viktoria Plzen.


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Praise for Malta’s healthcare and minister Chris Fearne during WHO summit

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Praise for Malta’s healthcare and minister Chris Fearne during WHO summit

Malta’s healthcare, its workers and Health Minister Chris Fearne were singled out by WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge as an example to be emulated. 

Kluge told ministers and officials from across the continent that they could learn something from Malta’s approach. 

Chris Fearne, Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Malta, was present at the WHO Europe Regional Committee, which is the largest annual WHO event within the continent. 


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Kluge told his audience that governments need to dedicate more focus on creating solid national health working strategies. Turning to Fearne, he said that the Maltese deputy prime minister has been doing ‘very, very well and we can learn a lot from him’. 

A pan-European report on national workforce strategies is set to be released by WHO, aimed at helping member states better manage their health workforces. 

This also comes as Malta faces multiple concerns in regards to shortage of nurses as European countries are poaching Malta-based nurses by promising higher wages. 


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Hasbulla signs 5 year UFC contract ‘worth more than many fighters’

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Social media sensation Hasbulla Magomedov has reportedly signed a 5-year deal with the UFC, according to MMA reporter & combat sports journalist Igor Lazorin.

The journalist had this to say on an Instagram post: “This is a blast from the face! Husbulla has signed a five-year contract with UFC! So far in the plan – attending tournaments, media activity. We will not talk about the amounts in detail, but they are such that many fighters do not get that much. Hasbulla signed 5 year contract with UFC! No fights yet, but…”

The Russian suffers from a form of dwarfism but has still managed to become a household name in social media, amassing an impressive 3.2 million followers on Instagram and garnering over 2 billion views on TikTok.

The post has also made the rounds on social media but UFC are yet to confirm whether it is true or not. The deal will mainly focus on the marketing side of the company with Hasbulla attending events and being involved in various media activities.

Hasbulla hails from Dagestan, the same place where former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is from. The two reportedly have a close relationship with Hasbulla even calling Khabib ‘brother’ in some videos.

Who would you want to see Hasbualla face in the future?


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Vigil for Loujin announced by Moviment Graffiti to be held on Friday

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Vigil for Loujin announced by Moviment Graffiti to be held on Friday

Activist group Moviment Graffiti announced a vigil on Friday to honour the late Loujin, a four-year-old asylum seeker who died out at sea due to thirst. 

Taking place in front of Ta’ Liesse Church, overlooking the Grand Harbour, at 1830hrs, the protest is designed to ‘end the policies that dehumanise and brutalise the most vulnerable people’. 

The group said that policies that deny the right to asylum, delay rescue and force people back to war zones and torturous detention camps need to end.

Above all, the ‘policies that kill a four-year-old girl at sea and other children’ need to end, said the group.

Loujin formed part of a group of migrants sailing from Lebanon to Italy to seek job opportunities. The boat ran into trouble and started sinking, with activist network Alarm Phone saying that the boat’s GPS signal showed it had reached Malta’s search and rescue zone. 

Despite this and the warning of Loujin’s passing due to dehydration, Alarm Phone revealed the Maltese authorities did not respond to rescue. Eventually, the Greek coast guard intervened and taken to Crete. 

This comes after Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi proposed a statue in honour of Loujin, even presenting an artistic depiction as to what it would look like. The statue, he said, would sting at the Maltese public conscience. 


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