Some of the

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sto­ries that have in­spired me the most this year: Ra­heem Ster­ling and Koulibaly, the way that they have taken on the dis­gust­ing racism that they have had to face this year, and prob­a­bly through­out their whole lives; An Ira­nian woman, Sa­har Kho­da­yari, who was de­nied en­try to the foot­ball sta­dium, passed away af­ter set­ting her­self on fire. Women are not al­lowed to watch foot­ball matches in Iran af­ter the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion how­ever they can watch other sports like vol­ley­ball; the one ‘out’ MLS player and the count­less other ‘out’ LGBTQ fe­male play­ers who fight so hard not just to play the sport that they love but also to fight the ram­pant ho­mo­pho­bia.”

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