Top marks for David Beckham as Class of 92 hits the big screen

By Daniel Easterman, November 29, 2013

It is not every day you get to reminisce with a football legend, but Jewish brothers Ben and Gabe Turner have been able to do exactly that — only not with just one legend, but with six.


Police make Spurs fan wait in Y-word case

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan who was arrested last month in connection with chanting the word “Yid” must wait to find out if he will be charged.

The unnamed 51-year-old man was arrested on October 6 during Spurs’ home game against West Ham United.


Arsenal vs Spurs? It's Doves vs Hawks

By Jonathan Freedland, November 7, 2013

The plural of anecdote is not data, I know. A few random experiences do not a scientific sample make. I appreciate that, too. So I tread warily — not least because I am about to venture into territory where two of the most toxic divisions in our community converge. But here goes.


Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville set to rebuild Manchester shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are set to become the first Premier League footballers to own and run a synagogue.

The football icons turned property developers have their eyes set on Manchester Reform Synagogue, a 1950s building and the only city-centre shul in Manchester, which adjoins a major redevelopment site.


Sacha Baron Cohen's new role: football thug

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

After Ali G, Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen looks set to add another hilariously offensive alter-ego to his roll call of comedy personas.

The comedian and actor is turning his attention back to English stereotypes and creating one of his most controversial characters to date: a northern football hooligan.


Soccer thugs jailed over hate attack

By Bernard Josephs, October 31, 2013

Two far-right Italian football thugs who took part in a vicious attack against Tottenham Hotspur fans in a Rome pub last November have been found guilty of assault and grievous bodily harm.

Appearing in a court in Rome, Mauro Pinnelli, 26, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail and Franceco Ianari, 27, received a sentence of four and a half years.


‘Y-word ruling hit support’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 31, 2013

The police crackdown on Spurs fans’ use of the Y-word may be having a negative effect on the atmosphere at home games, according to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.

Secretary of the Trust, Katrina Law, claimed that the policing at White Hart Lane was one of the reasons for the chill in support during last Sunday’s winning game against Hull City.


Did we fight for this? - Man Utd and army use Nazi-style imagery

By Charlotte Oliver, October 30, 2013

The Army and Manchester United Football Club have come under fire this week after being associated with Nazi imagery.

Last weekend, the Mail on Sunday revealed that two soldiers were investigated by the Ministry of Defence after they appeared in a photograph making Nazi-like salutes.

The unnamed men had posed for the photo at a British Army base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.


Nobel winners? I'd rather have a Jewish Premiership footballer

By David Robson, October 25, 2013

I was listening to a radio commentary in April 2010 when the Spurs full-back Danny Rose, in his debut match, scored a sensational goal against Arsenal. So Spurs score a goal, so what? But Danny Rose… Danny Rose? Perhaps he’s Jewish. My heart leapt. The picture in the paper the following day suggested that he almost certainly was not. Of course not. What did I expect — Broadway Danny Rose?


Israeli FA yellow cards kippah goal celebrations

By Simon Griver, October 24, 2013

The Israeli Football Association has instructed referees to yellow-card players who put on kippot to celebrate goals.