Football

Award to ref who made anti-Jewish comments revoked

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

The Manchester Football Association has withdrawn the offer of honorary membership to a refereeing official who made racist comments about concentration camps before a Manchester Jewish Soccer League match.

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Uefa slaps down bid to boycott Israel 2013

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Uefa president Michel Platini has rejected calls to strip Israel of a high-profile football tournament and rebuked the Palestinian Football Association for lobbying against Israel.

Next year’s European Under-21 Championship will go ahead as planned — despite what Mr Platini called “a certain amount of pressure being put on us”.

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Hayward gets out of a pickle

June 14, 2012

What a difference two letters make. The Telegraph’s chief sports writer Paul Hayward had some of our readers raging over a Euro 2012 piece about racist football fans in Krakow. “Plainly antisemitic abuse is more tolerable than skin-based hostility,” he wrote. Relief, then, when he apologised for a misprint of what should have read as “antisemitism is no more tolerable”.

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Rooney, Hart, Walcott and the England Euro 2012 players who will never forget the Holocaust

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2012

It would be difficult to think of a more inappropriate venue for a PR stunt than Auschwitz. So when it was announced that the England football team, staying in Krakow for the European Championships, was to visit the death camp, there were some howls of protest.

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Leeds United's Bates to pay ex-director £10k

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates must pay £10,000 to ex-director Melvyn Levi, for allegedly likening him to a criminal.

Mr Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Judge Mark Gosnell at Leeds County Court ordered Mr Bates to pay Mr Levi the sum because of the stress caused by Mr Bates’ harassment.

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England football team meet Holocaust survivors

By Jessica Elgot, June 1, 2012

Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott spoke about their experiences to the England football team before the team head to play in Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

England captain Steven Gerrard said: "It was very moving and very inspirational for us.

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Warning of serious antisemitism at European Championships in Kiev

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

There is a serious threat of antisemitic attacks increasing during this month’s European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry has warned.

Alexander Levin wrote to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, highlighting the possibility of “many more” attacks when football fans travel to matches in the coming weeks.

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