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FA covered up Tranmere 'Super White Army' banner before England game

A “Super White Army” banner was covered up during an England football match after a picture of it was shared online by one of the team’s top players. The sign at Tranmere Rovers’ ground was obscured by the FA for the Lionesses’ World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, hours after Lucy Bronze shared it online. Her post received criticism and praise. Tranmere Rovers Supporters’ Club said it did not know why it was covered, adding it was “not remotely racist” and referred to their team’s shirts. England’s Lionesses had been embroiled…

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Game of Thrones' Ellie Kendrick wants to open up 'closed shop' film industry

After starring in Game of Thrones and a string of indie films, Ellie Kendrick is one of British acting’s rising stars. She’s also doing her bit to give underrepresented young talent a leg up. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know – and that’s particularly true in the film and TV industries, according to Kendrick. When it comes to going to drama school or funding your first short film, it’s also about how much money you’ve got. “I’ve worked in the film industry on and off for about…

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Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names

Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous – often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment. More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character. That’s more than the number of children who received traditional names like Mary (204) and Catherine (163). Another name from the HBO series growing in popularity is Khaleesi. There were 69 girls born last year with the same name as the would-be Queen of Westeros, according to figures…

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Wenger surprised Arsenal-Cologne game went ahead after crowd trouble

Arsene Wenger was surprised Arsenal’s Europa League game went ahead after crowd problems caused by ticketless Cologne fans delayed kick-off. About 20,000 away supporters turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900. After Thursday’s 3-1 win, Gunners boss Wenger said: “I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images.” Arsenal announced they have launched a review into the events on Thursday. The club statement read: “We worked with our colleagues at Cologne to stop supporters…

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Arsenal game delayed by crowd trouble

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in a Europa League match delayed for an hour following crowd trouble. Chilean Sanchez, who nearly left the club to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day, picked the ball up outside the area and curled a shot past keeper Timo Horn. The game did not begin until 21:05 BST as thousands of visiting supporters arrived at the ground without tickets and then clashed with stewards inside the Emirates Stadium. When the match did get under…

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