Football

Arsenal confirms no restriction on Israel in Emirates deal

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that its sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline does not contain a clause which would discriminate against Israel.

Emirates has exclusive naming rights to the Premier League club’s stadium in north London.

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Israel could be booted out of world football, says Fifa's Blatter

By Simon Griver, July 11, 2013

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has warned that Israel could be suspended from international football.

Speaking during what he described as a “sensitive diplomatic mission” to Israel this week, Mr Blatter claimed that government interference in football was the main reason for the threat.

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England football bosses make emotional visit to Yad Vashem

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson and Football Association chairman David Bernstein have made an emotional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

During Tuesday's tour they discovered a book written by Jakob Wassermann, a relative of Mr Bernstein, which the Nazis had ordered to be burned.

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Hodgson and Bernstein visit Yad Vashem

By Zoe Winograd, June 12, 2013
Roy Hodgson and David Bernstein were moved by a "very sobering" tour of Yad Vashem in Jersusalem. The England Manager and FA Chairman were in Israel to watch the Under-21s in their final game at the UEFA European Championship.

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U-21 Israel-England match splits fans

By James Masters, June 5, 2013

England fans in Israel are bracing themselves for Tuesday's Uefa Under-21 clash at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.

The game is almost certain to be sold out for the final Group A game, with both teams hoping to be in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Hundreds of English olim are expected to turn up to back England.

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Israel coach Luzon on Uefa U21: 'we are a united team'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

As the biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off, watch Israel under-21 coach guy Luzon discuss his team.

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Pride as Uefa under-21 tournament set to kick off in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

The biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off in Netanya this evening.

Despite a lengthy campaign mounted by boycotters urging Uefa to move the Under 21 championship, the first games are set to go ahead as planned. Israel will take on Norway, followed by England playing Italy.

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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.

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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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