Biden, at prayer breakfast, calls out ‘political extremism’

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has called for a confrontation of the “political extremism” that inspired the U.S. Capitol riot in remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Thursday’s breakfast is a Washington tradition that asks political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning. Biden is the latest in a long line of presidents to address it. The breakfast gave the nation’s second Catholic president a chance to talk about his vision of faith. The event has sparked controversy in the past, particularly when President Donald Trump used last year’s installment to slam his political opponents. Some liberals view the event warily because of the conservative faith-based group that’s behind it.last_img read more

FA may not follow Uefa’s lead

first_img UEFA will recommend to all its 53 member associations at next month’s Congress that they follow its lead. But Bernstein said English football may not have the same minimum ban – in its two high-profile racism cases John Terry was banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight. Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, he said: “I can’t comment on the number of matches that will be our minimum, we are working and are very close to a solution.” He added: “We have our own processes. We’ve our own audience of people we have to satisfy. There is a bind for all parts of English football and something we have to get to very carefully in a very measured way. “We wouldn’t necessarily get to the same solution as UEFA. It’s not a race to be first past the post, we’ll do it at our own pace in our own way. “I’m delighted UEFA have come up with this strong penalty and I fully support them doing it – but English football must come to its own decision in its own time, which will be very soon.” Bernstein did state however that 10 matches was not too harsh. He added: “These are very serious matters and I couldn’t feel more strongly about discrimination. It’s a strong penalty for sure but I wouldn’t say it’s too harsh.” UEFA will also introduce from next season a partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans and a full closure for a second offence. England manager Roy Hodgson said authorities had to ensure that far-right groups did not deliberately sabotage matches. He said: “The one thing that concerns you a little bit is what happens at the stadium, it’s very difficult to control every element. One does fear sabotage, with groups of people coming in who have nothing to do with football and who are perhaps of a Nazi persuasion and who could cause an awful lot of problems.” The Football Association may not follow UEFA’s recommendation of a 10-match minimum ban for players found guilty of racism, the governing body’s chairman David Bernstein said.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more