Football

World football chief Blatter says he ‘cannot’ prevent vote on ejecting Israel

By Simon Griver, May 20, 2015

The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, remains opposed to football’s governing body holding a vote on whether to eject Israel from international competitions, but has admitted that he did not have the authority to remove the motion from the agenda.

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Toon fans support 60th

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2015

There is little to commend being a Newcastle United FC supporter at present. But a group of "sad" Newcastle fans belonging to Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue put aside their footballing misery to sponsor a kiddush for the shul's 60th anniversary.

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Footballer expelled from club after allegedly headbutting spectator

By Josh Jackman, May 1, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Jewish Sunday league match has been expelled by his club.

The player concerned is believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, who plays for the South Manchester Sports team.

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Final line-ups confirmed, so may best teams win

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2015

There’s been a marvellous community feel to the last couple of weeks of Maccabi football. Back-to-back Sundays of important league and cup matches at Rowley Lane have been a sight to behold, with supporters, from the very young to the very old, watching their loved ones achieve their sporting goals.

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Football fracas

By Josh Jackman, April 29, 2015

Police are investigating reports that an amateur footballer headbutted a spectator during a Jewish Sunday league match.

The alleged offender, believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, a player for the South Manchester Sports team, is said to have assaulted Leeds Maccabi commitee member Elliot Landy during a Manchester Jewish Soccer League fixture.

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Wingate fans and players face hate abuse because of club’s Jewish roots

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2015

Wingate & Finchley football club has said its players and supporters experience antisemitic abuse at least once a season, because of the team’s Jewish roots.

Director of the Ryman Premier Division side Paul Lerman said: “We have had incidences of verbal antisemitism, which is unfortunate.”

“We’re doing everything we can to stamp it out.

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Dave Whelan resigns as Wigan chairman

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan saying that advancing age and increasing commitments abroad means “it is time to hand over the reins”.

The decision comes three months after he promised to quit his position if found guilty of racism by the Football Association.

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Kick It Out reports rise in football antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported that antisemitic incidents are already higher in the first half of this season than throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign.

The group revealed that there were 59 reported cases of antisemitism from August to December 28 last year, two higher than during the whole of the previous season.

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Football agents banned and fined by FA over player transfer

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Two Jewish football agents have been banned and fined after admitting to breaking Football Association rules during a transfer last year.

Alex Levack and Matthew Kleinman were banned for seven months and fined £7,500 each after concealing from the FA their involvement and pay they received during Dale Stephens’ move from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2014.

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Football club director charged by FA over ‘Yids’ remark

By Josh Jackman, February 20, 2015

A non-league football club’s director has resigned after being charged by the Football Association for calling Tottenham Hotspur “yids”.

Graham O’Callaghan, commercial manager of eighth-tier side Kendal Town, wrote on Facebook: “yes, Chelsea versus the yids cup final” in response to Spurs reaching the League Cup final.

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