QPR are working towards achieving the Equality Standard For Professional Football Clubs.Chief executive Philip Beard (pictured) has signed Rangers up to the plan, demonstrating the club’s commitment to promoting all forms of equality.The Equality Standard sets out a series of key objectives related to all areas of a club’s operation, from stewarding to staff recruitment and the development of young players.AdChoices广告Clubs are also encouraged to identify new target markets and fans of the future, and develop projects targeted at under-represented communities and individuals.Developed by Kick it Out, the initiative is backed by football’s governing bodies as well was the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS), The Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), Stonewall, The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN), as well as The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).To achieve the Equality Standard, clubs must produce a written equality action-plan and an equal opportunities policy. They must also seek to make stadiums free from discrimination and accessible to the local community.An independent accreditation panel led by Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley will decide whether Rangers will be awarded the kite mark.See also: QPR boss backs drive to tackle homophobiaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Riyad Mahrez became the first ever African Professional Footballer Association’s Player of the Year, as announced at the annual event in London on Sunday.Mahrez fought off competition from his own teammates, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante – who he flew to the ceremony with via helicopter – as well as West Ham United’s standout star of the season, Dimitri Payet and the league’s top scorer Spurs’ Harry Kane, to take home the prestigious prize. Arsenal were also represented on the shortlist by Mesut Ozil, but both Manchester United and Manchester City were not, this year.It’s been an astonishing year for the Algeria international who’s scored 17 goals as well as making 11 assists in his 33 Premier League matches and is just five points away from securing Leicester’s table-topping fairytale ending after a 4-0 victory against Swansea on the same day.Hailing from the rough Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, Mahrez signed to Leicester in January 2014 from French Ligue 2 team, Le Havre, where he had risen up the ranks from the team’s youth programme.The midfielder – whose transfer value had risen from £4.5m to £29.9 according to CIES Football Observatory in January this year – signed a new four-year contract with the Foxes in August last year, and they will certainly hope to keep hold of him as they go into the Champions League next season. Spurs’ boy-wonder Dele Alli, meanwhile, was crowned the Professional Football Association (PFA) Young player of the year on Sunday night at an event in London.The 20-year-old fought off tough competition from team-mate Harry Kane – the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season – who was also nominated for the main prize. Also nominated were Jack Butland, Phililpe Coutinho, Romelu Lukaka and Ross Barkley.Though it was not announced until Sunday night through the official channels, the youngster was widely expected to take home the coveted prize after a picture of Spurs’ Monday night match programme referring to Alli’s victory was posted on twitter.Unfortunately for Alli, he wasn’t able to attend the event as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had banned his players from attending thanks to their game against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow night, in their final charge against Leicester for the league title.Speaking in a video recording for the PFA, Alli said he was “honoured to win such a prestigious award.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
FedEx, which holds the sponsorship rights to Washington’s stadium, informed the franchise on July 2 that it would ask for the company’s name to be removed from the facility at the end of the 2020 season if the name Redskins was not retired.Additionally, Nike ceased sales of Washington’s official apparel while Walmart, Target and Amazon said they would pull the team’s merchandise from their online stores.Washington may not be the only major American sports franchise to change name this year. MLB’s Cleveland Indians announced a review of their team name this month, though the Atlanta Braves are not set to do likewise. Washington’s NFL team has decided to drop the name Redskins, widely seen as offensive to Native Americans.Washington announced the move in a statement released on Monday following a review that began on July 3. The team will also be dropping their logo, with majority owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera working on a new name and design approach for the franchise.MORE: Five options for the Redskins’ name change”On July 3, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name,” the statement read. “That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.”Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.”Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”pic.twitter.com/wFvTxdUP9s— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 13, 2020The franchise began life as the Boston Braves in 1932 but adopted the name Redskins a year later, retaining it for the move to Washington in 1937.Snyder has long been unmoved in the face of sustained public pressure to change the name. However, the team announced the review after widespread protests following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May, with the franchise receiving calls from key sponsors urging it to reconsider.