Football

Israel awaits Uefa kick-off with pride

By Simon Griver, May 30, 2013

Israel is all set to stage the Uefa European under-21 Championships on June 5 — the most prestigious international sports tournament it has ever held.

Despite major protests by anti-Israel groups, Uefa has stuck by its decision to award Europe’s second largest football tournament to Israel.

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Beckham sees boycotters mount protest at Uefa dinner

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters breached security and infiltrated a dinner for leading football executives.

Two men and a woman gained entry to the dinner held by European governing body Uefa in central London.

Guests including Uefa president Michel Platini, David Beckham, and Sir Alex Ferguson, watched as the trio climbed on to a stage, shouted and waved a Palestinian flag.

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Smart way to report football racism

By Marcus Dysch and Danny Caro, May 30, 2013

Football fans will be able to report antisemitic incidents and discrimination using a new smartphone app launched by anti-racism group Kick It Out.

Devised with the help of Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust, the app will allow fans to anonymously report attacks and offensive chants directly to Kick It Out, the Football Association, and to clubs.

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Smart way for football fans to report racism

By Marcus Dysch and Danny Caro, May 29, 2013

Football fans will be able to report antisemitic incidents and discrimination using a new smartphone app launched by anti-racism group Kick It Out.

Devised with the help of Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust, the app will allow fans to anonymously report attacks and offensive chants directly to Kick It Out, the Football Association, and to clubs.

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Football star’s campaign for murdered journalist

By Jonathan Gilbert, May 23, 2013

A sporting legend is demanding the resignation of Brazil’s football chief for inciting the murder of a Jewish journalist.

Romario, who scored 1,000 goals in a celebrated international career, has accused Jose Maria Marin, the president of the CBF, Brazilian football’s governing body, over the death of former BBC reporter Vladimir Herzog in 1975.

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London protest planned against Israel hosting Uefa Under-21s

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters are planning a demonstration in central London on Friday in the latest bid to prevent Israel from hosting the European Under-21 football championship next month.

Red Card Israeli Racism has called for boycott supporters to protest outside the Grosvenor House Hotel, where European football’s governing body, Uefa, is holding its annual conference.

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Wembley appearance for Israeli footballers

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

The high level of co-operation between England’s and Israel’s football governing bodies has been marked with a special tour of Wembley Stadium by Israeli players and anti-racism campaigners.

A delegation arrived in Britain on Tuesday and met leading officials from the English game to discuss anti-racism work carried out by both countries’ football associations.

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Jerusalem football club to change racist culture

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2013

This afternoon, a Jerusalem football team will battle on the pitch for promotion to the professional league — and to change the culture of the game in Israel.

Many fans are sick of clubs’ reliance on tycoon owners, who can send their fortunes up and down like yo-yos. So six years ago, a group of Jerusalemites established a football co-operative.

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka: firm friends but football rivals

By Isabel de Bertodano, April 25, 2013

On the evening before his inauguration last month, Pope Francis made a call to an old friend in Buenos Aires.

“Hello, it’s Bergoglio. They trapped me here in Rome and they won’t let me come home,” he told Rabbi Abraham Skorka, whom he has known for 20 years.

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William Hague backs Israel over Uefa football tournament

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed Israel’s right to host this summer’s Uefa under-21 football tournament.

He said the flagship competition – due to take place at stadiums in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya and Petah Tivka in June – would not obstruct peace efforts in the region.

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