Huddersfield Town fan banned for Nazi salute

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

A football fan has been banned from attending all football matches in England for the next three years after making a Nazi salute during a Championship game.

Gareth Smith, a Huddersfield Town supporter, was handed the ban by the courts on Thursday after being photographed making the gesture at a match in December.


Arab signings spark racism at Beitar

By Simon Griver, January 31, 2013

The Israeli FA and public opinion in the country have come down heavily against Beitar Jerusalem’s racist fans who reacted angrily to club owner Arkady Gaydamak’s decision to sign two Chechen Muslim players.

No Arab has ever played for Beitar and the only Muslim ever to play for the side, a Nigerian defender who arrived in 2004, left after two months.


Italian football matches 'should be abandoned' if fans chant antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Antisemitic chanting at Italian football matches could lead to the suspension of games, new guidelines have suggested.

Italy’s interior ministry issued guidance which advises match referees to report incidents of “racism, intolerance or antisemitism” to stadium security chiefs who could then rule on whether to abandon a game.


Footballer Tal Ben Haim faces antisemitic abuse

By Sandy Rashty, January 11, 2013

Footballer Tal Ben Haim has been targeted with a torrent of antisemitic abuse by fans of his club.

The Israeli-born defender, who transferred to the Queens Park Rangers last week, was attacked on the club’s official Facebook page.

The messages have subsequently been deleted and offenders “blocked” from posting on the site.


Billionaire watches Beitar at home — his home

By Nissan Tzur, January 10, 2013

He is the Russian Jewish business mogul worth an estimated $2 billion, who gave Jennifer Lopez $1.4 million to appear for 10 minutes at his birthday party.

On Tuesday, Telman Ismailov flew the entire Beitar Jerusalem football team to Grozny in Chechnya to play local side Terek Grozny, so he could have a close look at them before deciding whether to buy them.


Fifa punishes Hungary over antisemitic chants

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2013

Hungary’s national football team will be forced to play its next match behind closed doors as a result of antisemitic chanting at a game with Israel.


Sheffield’s Patnick dies at 83

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

A former Conservative MP who earlier this year apologised for his role in the false claims made about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, has died at the age of 83.


High Court quashes Hillsborough inquest verdicts

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2012

A panel of High Court judges has ruled that new inquests will take place into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans in the Hillsborough disaster.

The findings of the original coroner, Stefan Popper, were quashed after the judges said new evidence was sufficient to justify rejecting his verdicts.


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.


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”.