Chris O'Neil is a columnist for the Blue. He's going into his second year at Brasenose College, studying History and Politics. With special interests in sports and pertinent socio-political issues, he'll be writing his column throughout the late summer and into Michaelmas Term 2020.

More Than The Game: Star Striker Sends Bojo Packing, Humiliates Tory Defence

His imploration for grief and sympathy over the amplifying effect that lockdown has had on poverty was met with the indignation one now tends to expect, given the loutish state of many football fans around the UK; the battle-cry of the ever-aggrieved masses was, predictably, ‘stick to football’.

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More Than The Game: Treading Water

By the time you’ve added up the world’s more than two hundred leagues with back-of-the-envelope calculations, added all the intentional club competitions in, accounted for the huge aviation consumption of the football business itself and factored in a football-sized chunk of the carbon footprint of the sportswear industry, that’s a carbon footprint the size of another small nation.

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More Than The Game: Dancing On The Edge Of The Abyss

When something disrupts the world’s most popular sport, the impact goes way beyond supporters being left bored twice a week. Coronavirus stopped football in its tracks, jeopardising the eco-system that nurtures the livelihoods of thousands of people, both inside the footballing world and its periphery businesses.

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More Than The Game: The War For Football’s Rotten Heart

Surely most of the figures complicit in the corruption behind Qatar’s bid are gone from the sport. What’s the point in raging over closed cases, especially when the Qatari World Cup is so close? One may query. Well, I would answer, FIFA is a very seedy operation and you aren’t thinking big enough.

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More Than The Game: Football’s Rotten Heart

To date, more than two dozen people and entities have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering in the ongoing investigation. As such, the past twenty years of footballing bureaucracy – and the football that has emerged from it – has an excoriating asterisk next to it in the record books.