Football

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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