February 9th, 2012

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Boss of football's anti-racism group is branded a racist after calling Asian fan a 'coconut'

A leading force in football's battle against racism has been criticised after he called an Asian supporter a 'coconut'.

Piara Powar, who is the executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) organisation, has been a vocal figure in the game's recent rows.

But an exchange on Twitter has left Mr Powar, who is also Asian, embroiled in a race controversy of his own making.

Liverpool fan Parmjit Singh, 34, tweeted @piarapower: 'Interesting how u haven't given your opinion on the news that a £mufc fan was arrested on Wednesday for alleged racial abuse.'

He received a staggering reply from Mr Powar, who used Twitter's private messaging function to contact Mr Singh, which said: 'Get lost Singh. Have no false consciousness. Don't be a coconut.'

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WPS is back! ...well, sort of.

Elite Women’s Soccer League Launched

Sacramento, CA (February 9, 2012) – In a move to support women’s soccer in America, and as a prelude to planned growth of a professional league in 2013, the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced the creation of a special WPSL Elite League for the 2012 season. The league will be based in the East Coast and Midwest and will include squads from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) teams The Boston Breakers and The Western New York Flash. The move will allow professional female soccer players from the WPS teams to remain in top form as the WPS moves toward resuming play in 2013. Current WPSL teams, The Chicago Red Stars of the Midwest-North Division and FC Indiana of the Midwest-South Division, will participate in the WPSL Elite League. More WPSL teams from the East will be added over the next few days.

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Boston Breakers announcement
"The Breakers roster is already taking shape, featuring forward Katie Schoepfer, who is coming off a great debut season with the Breakers, newly signed defender and Olympic gold medalist Cat Whitehill, and recent draft pick, University of North Carolina forward Courtney Jones."

Sky Blue FC won't be in the WPSL Elite League
"Sky Blue FC has formally committed to a 10-day training camp in Japan with Plenus Nadeshiko League club INAC Kobe Leonessa. As part of the planned schedule, the two teams will play a pair of exhibition matches in Kagoshima and Okinawa."

Paul Riley confirmed Philly won't be in the league either.

It's nice to remember what optimism feels like.