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Health concerns: crumb rubber is used as infill on 3G and 4G pitches, which have been laid in clubs and leisure centres all over Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The European Commission has asked for the European Chemicals Agency to begin an investigation to establish whether the crumb rubber used as infi(...)

Rubber infill is kicked up during a soccer match at Dundalk’s artificial pitch at Oriel Park ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Leinster Rugby played on one last Saturday in the Cardiff Arms Park and trained on one in UCD during the week. Numerous GAA clubs around the country (...)

Referee Maggie Farrelly who makes history when she takes charge of Sunday’s McKenna Cup clash between  Fermanagh and St Mary’s at Brewster Park, Enniskillen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

That history is being made – again in the GAA – seems something to celebrate and perhaps a reminder that equality of women in all sport is still a wor(...)

A dejected Chris Robshaw after England lost to Australia in the Rugby World Cup last Saturday. Katie Walsh asks: why do we keep wishing for England to lose at everything? Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Earlier this year, I visited the Tower of London for the late night tour, conducted by one of Her Majesty’s Beefeaters. Before it began, the Beefeate(...)

 The  Luzhniki Stadium  in Moscow. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Sligo-based SIS Group has won the contract to design and build the pitch for the 2018 Fifa World Cup final. SIS chief executive George Mullan said the(...)

RTE have lost the rights to the Olympic Games following 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

Next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio could be the last shown on RTÉ television following a new deal between the IOC and broadcasting giant Discovery. D(...)

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke attends a news conference during his visit to Samara, one of the 2018 World Cup host citie in Russia. Photo: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Fifa’s secretary general Jerome Valcke has told a news conference in Russia that details on the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, which were (...)

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner was suspended by world soccer’s governing body for corruption in 2011. Photograph: Getty.

When Jack Warner was first suspended from Fifa for corruption in 2011, he was full of fighting talk. “I tell you something . . . you will see a footba(...)

Members of Building and Wood Workers’ International and Swiss Unia unions demonstrate outside Fifa headquarters in 2013. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The International Trade Union Confederation has accused the Irish Government and others of a “conspiracy of silence” with regard to World Cup 2022 hos(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal against Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland club football final in March 2014, having won the Leinster club title in the previous calendar year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

There are a few things in the GAA of which it could be said: if you were starting out, you’d never come up with that way of doing it. One example is (...)

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