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Antisemitic tweets aimed at Spurs fans reported to police

By Josh Jackman, May 4, 2016

Vitriolic antisemitic tweets aimed at Tottenham Hotspur fans following the team’s match against Chelsea on Monday have been reported to the police.

The stream of abuse, which came from many separate users and included references to Auschwitz and “bastard Jews,” followed the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge that marked the end of Spurs’ Premier League title challenge.


Chelsea warn fans against antisemitism ahead of Spurs clash

By Josh Jackman, April 28, 2016

Chelsea have warned fans not to engage in discriminatory behaviour during their game against Tottenham Hotspur after a complaint was made about antisemitic posts on social media.

A fan reported antisemitic language he had seen on Facebook to senior officials at Chelsea, with the club responding by asking for fans to act in “a passionate but respectful manner”.


Chelsea signing Salah 'refused to shake Israeli hands'

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2014

Chelsea's new Egyptian midfielder once refused to shake hands with Israeli footballers after apparently being pressured by extreme groups in his home country.

Mohamad Salah, signed this week from FC Basle for £11 million, sparked controversy when his Swiss side played Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League qualifying matches last year.


Yossi Benayoun: antisemitism from Chelsea fans was 'worse'

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Chelsea footballer Yossi Benayoun has revealed that the antisemitic abuse directed at him by the club’s own fans was the worst he has ever experienced in his 20 year career.

The Israel international described how at an away match against Liverpool last month Chelsea supporters yelled “Jew and other stuff that was worse” as he came on as a late substitute.


Chelsea owner Abramovich slips down the Rich List

By Jennifer Lipman, April 21, 2013

Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich has has lost his place as one of Britain's top three richest men, according to the Sunday Time Rich List.

The Russian oil billionaire, who is worth £9.3 billion and is by far Britain’s wealthiest Jew, went from third place in the 2012 list to fifth this year.


Didier Drogba: I did not sign Uefa Israel boycott statement

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba has denied signing his name to a statement urging Uefa to stop Israel from hosting the European Under 21 championship next year.

The Ivory Coast captain, who now plays for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, took to Twitter to clear himself of any involvement in the boycott call.


Footballers back Israel boycott call for 2013 tournament

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2012

Premier League stars are among those who have backed a call for Israel to be barred from hosting next summer’s European under-21 football championship.

Arsenal player Abou Diaby, along with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, offered his name in support of the demand for Israel to be stripped of its hosting duties.


Boris Berezovsky loses case against Roman Abramovich

By Gemma Goodman, August 31, 2012

The owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, won his $6.5bn legal battle against former business partner Boris Berezovsky today, in the biggest private court case in British legal history.


Chelsea welcomes Hapoel to European football event

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv have joined European champions Chelsea and other leading clubs at a London seminar to discuss how sport can help young people.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday with representatives of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, and Feyenoord.


Feeling guilty about supporting Bayern Munich against Chelsea? Don’t be

By David Winner, May 17, 2012

Since football is tribal our allegiance for the 1999 European Cup final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was clear. I was an Arsenal fan and my Israeli friend supported Liverpool, so we were both cheering the Bavarians.

Only my friend's daughter was puzzled: "Daddy, why do we want the Germans to win?" He thought for a moment: "For Jewish reasons!"