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Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

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Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville is a contender to take over as England women's boss.Mo Marley has been in temporary charge since Mark Sampson was sacked following evidence of "inappropriate behaviour" in a previous role in September.But Neville, who has previously coached with Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, would represent a surprise appointment.England are ranked third in the world, with the 2019 World Cup due in France.The Football Association (FA) had planned to appoint a new head coach by the end of 2017, however several potential appointments dropped out of the running.Emma Hayes said she wanted to remain as Chelsea boss while former Arsenal coach Laura Harvey and Canada manager John Herdman moved to new roles.Rumours of 40-year-old Nevi...
Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Entertainment
Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of 'whitewashing'.The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan.Several Hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in Asian roles.Thousands took part in an online campaign calling for an Asian actress to be cast as Mulan.Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had Scarlett Johansson in the main role which was originally Japanese, and Chinese epic The Great Wall which starred Matt Damon as its lead character.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLiu, nicknamed "Fairy Sister" for her delicate looks a...
Brit quits role after 'whitewashing' claims

Brit quits role after 'whitewashing' claims

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Ed Skrein has decided to step down from his latest film role after his casting prompted claims of whitewashing.The British actor was cast in Hellboy as Major Ben Daimio, who is of Asian heritage in the comics that inspired the film.But when it was announced last week, it sparked criticism from those who thought the role should have gone to someone with Asian background.The 34-year-old said that he had not realised the character's heritage when he accepted the part but would bow out because he felt he "must do what I feel is right".He wrote on Twitter: "Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot."I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage."There has been intense conversation and un...