Football

Drogba denies backing Israel soccer boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2012

Big name footballers including ex-Chelsea player Didier Drogba are vehemently denying that they backed a call for Uefa to strip Israel of hosting the European Under-21 Championship.

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Joey Barton weighs in on middle-east conflict

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Footballer Joey Barton has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “sit down and man up” to end the conflict.

Writing in the Big Issue, the Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder, currently on-loan to French side Marseille, claimed Israel did not have the right to defend itself simply “because a book said so”.

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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.

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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.

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Blood, hate and football’s shame

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

n the aftermath of two severe incidents involving hate abuse and allegedly antisemitic violence, both directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, Giancarlo Abete, chairman of the Italian Football Association, has written to his English counterpart, David Bernstein, and the FA is to hold a meeting with Jewish organisations.

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FA to investigate West Ham fans' 'antisemitic' chants

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2012

The Football Association has launched an investigation into alleged racist and antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans.

Hissing noises – intended to imitate the sound of the gas chambers – were heard at White Hart Lane during the Hammers’ game with Tottenham on Sunday.

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‘Antisemitic’ attack on Spurs fans in Rome

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

A Spurs fan is being kept in a hospital in Rome, after he was attacked by a group chanting antisemitic slogans last night.

Ashley Mills, 25, from Brentwood, Essex, was treated for head injuries at the San Camillo hospital after the 1am attack at a pub in Campo de Fiori square.

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FA to investigate 'antisemitism' at Lazio game

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

Two extreme right-wing football fans have been charged with attempted murder, following the attack on British Spurs supporters at a pub in Rome last night.

Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 27 – both Roma supporters and known as Ultras – have been charged , despite widespread reports that the attack was committed by right-wing Lazio fans.

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Racism on the terraces - the shame of Beitar Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2012
A fascinating new short documentary looks at the vile racist abuse regularly displayed by the “fans” of Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem.

American sports journalist Jeremy Schaap investigates the history of Beitar’s “La Familia” ultras who hound Arab players throughout the Israeli leagues.

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JC MSFL Division One - Hendon B vs Shirley Park

November 12, 2012

JC MSFL Division One - Hendon B vs Shirley Park

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