17 July 2020
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James McClean disappointed by lack of public support from Irish teammates. Footballer James McClean has said that he is a "little bit annoyed" with the lack of public support he has received from his Irish teammates, after he spoke about the abuse he has received playing in England. The Stoke City player faced backlash after declining to wear a Remembrance Day poppy in 2011, and reports that the abuse has not stopped since. McClean reveals he has been sent bullets and abusive letters in the post, while also receiving harmful messages on social media. While he has received messages of support after speaking out earlier this week, he said he has not been contacted by any of his Irish teammates.
New Zealand reveals plans to cut South African teams from Super Rugby. New Zealand Rugby has revealed that it is planning to cut South African teams, along with Argentina's Jaguares, from the Super Rugby competition next year. As a result, the tournament would now consist of five teams from New Zealand, between two and four from Australia, and one from the Pacific. South Africa who co-founded Super Rugby in 1996 face their five teams being dumped.
Real Madrid win La Liga for the 34th time. Real Madrid secured the La Liga trophy for the 34th time last night with a 2-1 win over Villarreal. Meanwhile, Barcelona slipped up by losing at the Camp Nou to Osasuna, gifting the title to their rivals. Karim Benzema was to thank as his brace secured the victory for Madrid, bringing his goal tally for the season to 21.