Football

Fans split as FA gives Y-word the red card

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Football supporters have given a mixed reaction to a move by the game’s governing body to brand the word “Yid” offensive and warn that fans using the term could be liable to criminal charges.

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Chronicler: Jump off this idiotic bandwagon

By Stephen Pollard, September 12, 2013

As of now, I’m not one of the 30 per cent of British men with a criminal record.

I say “as of now” because this may be about to change.

On Tuesday, the Football Association revived that perennial, the Y-word on the terraces.

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FA says football fans using Y-word could be banned

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2013

The Football Association has said it regards ‘yid’ as an offensive term, and has warned fans they could face criminal charges for using it.

In a statement, FA general secretary Alex Horne said his organisation believes that the word “is likely to be considered offensive by the reasonable observer and considers the term to be inappropriate in a football setting.”

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‘Not a bad deal’: Bale agent’s verdict on £86 million transfer

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Jonathan Barnett has just broken a world record.

After months of negotiations, the football agent this week wrapped up Gareth Bale’s £85.3 million move to Real Madrid, ending the most drawn-up transfer saga of the summer.

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The JC Profile: Jonathan Barnett

August 29, 2013

Jonathan Barnett is one of the most important figures in football — and yet you may never have heard of him.

Gareth Bale’s agent might not be a household name, but he has been a driving force behind the biggest transfer story of the summer, the will-he-won’t-he frenzy surrounding his client’s almost certain record-breaking transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.

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David Bernstein: It’s been a game of two halves

By Simon Round, August 22, 2013

For England football fans, there were two memorable images from last year’s European championships.

The first was the sight of the England squad deep in contemplation as they toured the Auschwitz death camp site.

The second was the players looking deeply confused in the quarter-finals of the tournament as the Italian team gave them a masterclass in ball retention.

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Messi and Barca come to pass their way to peace

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2013

A boost for relations between Israel and the Palestinians will be received in the shape of a visit by the illustrious Barcelona football team to Israel this weekend to provide coaching clinics for Israeli and Palestinian children.

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Antisemitic tweets target Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Dozens of antisemitic messages have been posted on Twitter aimed at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

The tweets highlighted Mr Levy's Jewish background and commented on his business acumen at the Premier League club.

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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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