Jan. 10. Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger becomes the “most-high profile football figure” to announce he is gay… NBA star John Amaechi says football has a “toxic” approach towards homosexuality… Pressure grows on Man Utd boss David Moyes.

November 8 – Manchester City’s Champions League success generates discussion about the team’s progress… Man Utd’s Ashley Young comes under scrutiny for diving… Brazil, Russia and Qatar face “threats to their reputations in international sport”.