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Last updated at 12:17 BST, Thursday, 04 April 2013

Do sport and politics mix?

Paolo di Canio

Sunderland Football Club's new manager, Paolo di Canio.

In this week's programme, we discuss if sports and politics should mix.

The British football club, Sunderland FC, has a new manager, Paolo di Canio. His appointment is controversial because he was once reported to have said he was a fascist, though he now says he is not. But should someone's personal interests get in the way of sporting interests?

Rob and Jennifer discuss the issue and explain some of the language behind it.

This week's question:

Which is the world's oldest football club? Is it:

a) Sheffield FC

b) Manchester United

c) Blackburn Rovers

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Do sport and politics mix?

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to kick off

to begin

a political football

a political issue that is continually debated but has not yet been resolved


something new that is introduced and completely changes the way something is done

playing politics

making something into a political issue

to stamp out

to stop / to get rid of

to keep an eye on the ball

to give your attention to what you should be doing

to get the boot

to be forced to leave your job

a political statement

an action made to influence a decision or to express a strong feeling about something

play by the rules

to do what is accepted to be the right way of behaving



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