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Petition for racists to be banned from football for life gains more than 1,000,000 signatures

More than a million people have signed the petition, which calls for racist football fans to be banned from matches for life

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A petition calling for those who racially abuse players to be handed lifelong bans from all football matches has surpassed 1,000,000 signatures.

The Change.org petition was set up just two days ago in the aftermath of the Euro 2020 final, which saw England be defeated by Italy 3-2 in the penalty shootouts.

Footballers Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho each missed their penalties and, as a result, were all sent vile racial slurs and monkey emojis on social media by internet trolls immediately after the match.

Following the shocking abuse, there was an immediate uproar across the whole country and calls for the government to take stricter action on racist trolls intensified. 

Boris Johnson told racists to ‘crawl back under their rock’ in a speech on Monday – though he is yet to take any official action.

But now, more than one million people have put pressure on the Government and the game’s governing body to introduce lifetime football bans for anyone who targets a player offline or online.

Under the current law, the maximum football banning order is just ten years – and this can only be issued for a maximum of five unless the offence it relates to carries an immediate custodial sentence. Clubs themselves can choose to issue lifetime bans by adding fans to box office blacklists and denying them access to grounds – however, this isn’t currently enforced by the courts or police.

The petition, titled ‘Ban racists for life from all football matches in England’, calls upon the Football Association and the government to work together to ban all those who have carried out racist abuse, online or offline, from all football matches across the country for life. 

The petition’s description reads: “We could not be more proud or inspired by our magnificent team and by their talent, bravery, leadership and love for all.

“Gareth Southgate’s England team plays for ALL of us. Their vision is an inclusive vision and this matters more than EVER – it’s why we feel proud of this team and why they’re so cherished and loved by many of us.

“There should be no room for racists and bigotry in football or society. Our England team stood up for all of us – now we must stand up for them.”

At the time of writing, the petition has garnered a staggering 1,009,403 signatures – a milestone from the 100,000 needed for the issue to be debated in parliament. 

For more information and to sign the petition yourself, visit the Change.org site here

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Iceland is giving away unsold food to customers for free to prevent wastage

The supermarket’s new scheme has the potential to give away over 1.3 million food items that would have otherwise gone to waste

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Iceland has launched a new free food initiative that gives away produce at the end of its shelf life for free in a bid to prevent food waste. 

The frozen food retailer claims its ‘Free on Last Day of Life’ initiative has the potential to give away more than 1.3 million items worth £500,000 a year to its customers while also cutting back on food waste – all food items ordered and delivered by Iceland have previously had a shelf life of at least two days.

The scheme has been launched across 1,000 of its stores following a successful trial in forty sites, which saw over 17,000 items given away for free and customers receiving an average refund of £1.58 per order.

The process is simple and doesn’t require any extra effort from the customer; If an item ordered is the only one left and has the same day date, it will be scanned, labelled and placed in the shopping cart as normal. The customer will then be made aware of the free item ahead of delivery and will not be charged the original price.

Fresh, chilled, baked, cakes and morning produce are all included in the scheme.

Iceland Foods managing director, Richard Walker said: “Reducing food waste is a huge priority for us as we continue to reduce our impact on the environment.

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“We know that shelf life plays a big role in the creation of surplus food so we to have find an innovative way to combat this within our stores and via our online shopping.

“Our Free on Last Day of Life scheme not only helps reduce food waste but also supports our customers.

“We know cost is key to many of our shoppers and this new initiative allows us to offer them the opportunity to reduce their weekly shopping bills as well as helping to reduce food waste.”

The scheme is available both online and in store now; you can find your closest Iceland supermarket here

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Manchester voted second best city for independent pubs in the UK

Manchester even trumped London for it’s selection of independent pubs and unique craft beers

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In somewhat unsurprising news, Manchester has been voted as the second best place in the whole of the UK for a good independent pint and boozer.

The survey, commissioned by business-comparison site Bionic, set out to uncover the UK’s best craft drinking destinations in an attempt to get people back in pubs following a rough eighteen months for the hospitality industry.

The study judged each city based on its pubs’ customer reviews, the number of unique beers available and the number of top rated pubs and microbreweries to create an index ranking.

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It also looked at the most popular pints to share on social media and which independent beers are each generation’s favourite.

And, low and behold, Manchester ranked very handsomely in second place as a result of its vast number of 1,600 independent pubs and 781 unique beers, scoring a respectable 77 out of 100 in the overall index ranking. That’s a lot of beer.

And to make this news even better, Manchester beat the capital city London, which ranked in third place with 5,800 independent pubs and 552 unique beers (none of which will be a patch on ours, obviously.)

Newcastle took the top spot, just pipping us to the crown with a score of 80 on the overall index ranking.

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Glyn Britton, Chief Customer Officer at Bionic, reflected on why we should consider visiting local pubs rather than supporting chains: “The lockdowns have been hard for many small businesses so next time you’re in need of some essentials or even just fancy a pint, try heading down to your local high street to explore what’s on offer at the grocery shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries.

“You won’t just be getting goods, you’ll be helping to support the future growth of your neighbourhood and help give back to your community.”

You can read the full report here. 

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Nearly 30,000 people are having affairs in Manchester according to ‘cheating map’

Some of you have a lot of explaining to do…

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A new ‘cheating map’ has revealed the staggering number of people allegedly having affairs in Greater Manchester.

The Official Infidelity Index, run by married-dating site Illicit Encounters, allows users to see just how many affairs are getting underway by location across the whole of the UK using specific counties, cities and even postcodes.

And, low and behold, there’s a staggering amount of you unfaithful lot doing the dirty right here in Greater Manchester.

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The map claims that precisely 27,224 people are having affairs in Manchester alone, while 2,994 are cheating in Altrincham, 1,251 in Salford, 1,141 in Bury, 916 in Hale, 906 in Wigan and 684 in Bolton.

Manchester ranks in fourth place out of all UK cities for affairs, with it being narrowly beaten by Nottingham (28,719), Birmingham (45,787) and London (a whopping 168,322).

And while this data may seem a little untrustworthy, the figures are based on Illicit Encounters’ very own extensive data, who claim the rise in cheating is a result of pandemic restrictions being lifted and people feeling unhappy with their partners during the 2020 lockdowns.

Illicit Encounters spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said on the results: “We have seen a rise in cheating over the last year throughout Greater Manchester, particularly since the start of autumn with almost all adults being double jabbed.

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“Record numbers of people came back from their summer holidays miserable and looking for excitement after 18 months of being bored and stuck at home with their partners.

“We have enjoyed the busiest year in our history with women in particular looking to start afresh and joining in unprecedented numbers.

“The cheating surge will continue as more of us return to the office in the run-up to Christmas. Adulterers often use work as a way to cover up their affair.”

To see how unfaithful your area is, visit the Infidelity Index here.

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