Harry Kane: Barça draw shows Spurs are Champions League contenders

•Spurs reaching last 16 is ’massive achievement for the club’
•‘It’s important we go as far as we can in this competition’

Harry Kane says that the manner of Tottenham’s performance in the 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Tuesday night was the latest evidence they can live with Europe’s best and should fire the belief that they can progress deep into the Champions League.

Spurs advanced to the last 16 at Camp Nou as Internazionale could only draw 1-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven. Tottenham had needed to match Inter’s result to go through. “Thank us later Spurs,” PSV’s account tweeted, with a winking emoji.

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via Football | The Guardian

If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists | John Barnes

In times of stress, like the period we’re living through, people look for ways to communicate their superiority over others

I wasn’t surprised to see white people allegedly shouting racist abuse at Raheem Sterling and I don’t blame racists for holding those beliefs. We all discriminate, consciously or subconsciously. To be angry at a few people is a distraction. When it happens, the problem is not that people shout racist abuse, it is that they want to shout racist abuse. If every racist who came to football was silenced, football stadiums would still be full of racists. Racism is everywhere in our society, it is inside every one of us.

The next day Sterling turned the spotlight on to how the media portrays young black footballers, compared with how they report similar stories about white players. It was right of him to do so, and it has started a debate on black representation in the media. But we can’t just focus on particular groups, on trying to get more black people into the police force, or running football clubs, or into journalism. Talking about what any one section of our society has to do to combat racism just stops people outside that group asking difficult questions of themselves. We keep looking at symptoms and not treating the cause.

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via Football | The Guardian