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Michael Holding, Ebony Rainford-Brent stun cricket world with anti-racism broadcast – NEWS.com.au
World in awe as cricket commentators deliver powerful anti-racism message
Cricket fans initial disappointment at rain delaying the start of play in the first Test between England and the West Indies quickly evaporated as they were treated to a powerful, spine-tingling message about racism by commentators Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent.Former West Indian fast bowler Holding and ex-England player Rainford-Brent, both calling the match for Sky Sports in the UK, delivered some of the most powerful TV viewers had ever seen.
In a pre-prepared piece that went to air as part of the pre-game coverage, both players detailed their personal experiences of racism.
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Rainford-Brent said she was asked if she washed her skin, and Holding said he copped abuse from “sick” individuals on tour. They also spoke of their horror at George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis when a police officer crushed his neck, and urged everyone to appreciate the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I had comments about where I grew up and the fact I had a long name maybe my mum didn’t know who my dads were,” Rainford-Brent said. “About my hair, about body parts — especially the derriere, shall we say, about the food I ate and that it sort of stank.
“It was just constant. ‘Do I wash my skin? Everyone in my area gets stabbed’. All these sorts of things were drip-fed constantly.”
Breaking down in tears, Rainford-Brent continued: “I’ve been in team environments, dealing constantly with people referring to ‘your lot’. I’m not surprised that people who come into the environment don’t want to deal with that.
“It can be really difficult dealing with that day-in, day-out.”
On Floyd’s murder, the 36-year-old added: “I watched the whole thing. I watched the eight minutes and I burst into tears. The pain I felt, it felt like a valve popped because we know for how long these inequalities, these injustices have taken place.
“I remember watching it and feeling like I was being torn apart.
“I never swear on my Instagram and I wrote the words, ‘Is anyone else f***ing fed up watching black people get murdered?’”
WATCH HOLDING AND RAINFORD-BRENT SPEAK IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE
Holding said people need to understand the Black Lives Matter movement for what it truly is — a plea for equality.
“If you don’t educate people, they’ll keep on growing up in that sort of society and you’ll not get meaningful change,” he said.
“Everyone is recognising it. Everyone is now coming alive and seeing the difference in treatment of people and we’re all human beings so I hope people will recognise that this Black Lives Matter movement is not trying to get black people above white people or above anyone else. It’s all about equality.
“When you say to somebody, ‘Black lives matter’ and they tell you, ‘All lives matter’ or, ‘White lives matter’, please, we black people know white lives matter. I don’t think you know that black lives matter.
“So don’t shout back at us about, ‘All lives matter’.
“It is obvious — the evidence is clearly there that white lives matter. We want black lives to matter now, simple as that.”
Members of the cricket media like Peter Lalor and Adam Collins were floored by the incredibly moving words, while players like Mark Butcher and Jimmy Neesham were also touched.
After the segment aired, Holding continued to speak off the cuff during the live broadcast alongside fellow commentators Ian Ward and Nasser Hussain.
It was just as raw and powerful as the clip that came beforehand.
“What people need to understand, this stems from a long time ago, hundreds of years ago, the dehumanisation of the black race is where it started,” Holding said.
“People will tell you, ‘That’s a long time ago, get over it’. No, you don’t get over a thing like that and society has not gotten over something like that.
“I remember my school days. I was never taught anything good about black people. You cannot have a society that is brought up like that, both white and black, what’s only convenient to the teacher.
“History is written by the conqueror, not by those that are conquered. History’s written by the people who do the harm, not by the people who are harmed.
“We need to go back and teach both sides of history and until we do that and educate the entire human race, this thing will not stop.”
Holding was on the verge of tears as he finished off his monologue.
“They keep telling me there is nothing called white privilege. Give me a break,” he said.
“I don’t see any white people going into a store off the street and being followed. A black man walks in, someone is following him everywhere he goes.
“That is basic white privilege. Whether the white person wanted to rob the place or not, he’s not going to be thought of that way and things like that have to change.”
Hussain, who was born in India and captained England, spoke briefly about his experiences with racism but preferred instead to focus on his colleagues’ powerful words.
“That was a very strong piece,” Hussain said. “The raw emotion of Ebony and what she’s been through and the cool, calm dissection of racism from Michael Holding was absolutely magnificent.”
Sky crossed to Rainford-Brent in the commentary box after Holding and Hussain spoke and she said she feels “everyone’s starting to get it now”.
She wants to see “accelerated change in all areas of society” but also called on cricket to do more to combat racism and value the black community more by giving it more opportunities in administration, coaching and playing.
Confirmed: Alonso to make F1 return with Renault – Speedcafe
The Renault F1 Team has confirmed two-time champion Fernando Alonso will return to the Enstone outfit in 2021 on a two-year deal
Fernando Alonso will return to Renault in 2021
The Renault F1 Team has confirmed two-time champion Fernando Alonso will return to the Enstone outfit in 2021.
Alonso will join incumbent Esteban Ocon of France on what is believed to be a two-year deal with the team.
While details of Alonsos new contract havent been confirmed, both Alonso and Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul directly made reference to their shared 2022 ambition.
Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula One with my two World Championship titles, but Im now looking ahead, said Alonso.
Its a great source of pride and with an immense emotion Im returning to the team that gave me my chance at the start of my career and which now gives me the opportunity to return to the highest level.
Alonso said the progress the team has made recently and the prospect of success in 2022 with the introduction of new technical regulations drovve him to make a return to the team.
I have principles and ambitions in line with the teams project, the Spaniard said.
Their progress this winter gives credibility to the objectives for the 2022 season and I will share all my racing experience with everyone from the engineers to the mechanics and my team-mates.
The team wants and has the means to get back on the podium, as do I.
Abiteboul said the signing was a major coup for the team as it looks to rediscover success in Formula 1.
The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Groupe Renaults plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field, said Abiteboul.
His presence in our team is a formidable asset on the sporting level but also for the brand to which he is very attached.
The strength of the bond between him, the team and the fans make him a natural choice. In addition to past successes, it is a bold mutual choice as well as a project for the future.
His experience and determination will enable us to get the best out of each other to take the team towards the excellence that modern Formula 1 demands.
He will also bring to our team, which has grown very fast, a culture of racing and winning to overcome hurdles together.
Alongside Esteban, his mission will be to help Renault DP World F1 Team prepare for the 2022 season in the best possible conditions.
Next years Formula 1 season will mark the first time since 2018 that Alonso has raced in the world championship.
It will be the third stint for the Spaniard at the Enstone-based team having raced for them between 2003-2006 and 2008-2009.
Alonso famously won the 2005 and 2006 drivers championships, beating Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher respectively to the two tiles.
Despite driving for world champion teams McLaren and Ferrari since his two titles, Alonso has never replicated his success with either outfit.
After a four-year stint with the mostly Honda-powered (2015-2017) and briefly Renault-powered (2018) McLaren team, Alonso departed Formula 1 to chase other ventures.
Since then he has won the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans on two occasions.
Alonso currently has 314 starts in Formula 1 to his name, 32 wins, and 97 podium finishes.
When he makes his return, Alonso will be 39 years old.
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Spurs star Eric Dier cops huge ban, $72k fine after spectator row – Fox Sports
Eric Dier has been given a four-match ban and fined £40,000 (A$72,210) for climbing into the stands to confront a fan following Tottenham’s FA Cup exit to Norwich.
The England international has been sanctioned by the Football Association on a charge of misconduct for the incident, which happened on March 4.
Dier, whose team had just lost a penalty shootout, saw his brother was being abused by a fan and raced to his aid. There was no physical exchange and the matter was not pursued by the Metropolitan Police after a brief investigation.
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Norwich all but relegated
However, the FA has opted to punish Dier for a breach of rule E3.
It said in a statement: Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3.
The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in the FA Cup on March 4, 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Diers actions to be threatening.
The punishment, which rules Dier out for all but one of Spurs remaining Premier League games this season, is sure to enrage boss Jose Mourinho, who has defended his player on the matter from the off.
He recently said that he did not expect Dier to receive any punishment after the FA chose not to sanction Arsenals Matteo Guendouzi for grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay around the neck.
Diers absence will be a blow for Spurs in their pursuit of European football next season as he has been an impressive performer in central defence since the season restarted last month.
This appeared in Sky Sports and was republished with permission.
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