Call for Sunderland chair to resign over Di Canio

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi and the dean of Durham have attacked Sunderland AFC’s appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, called on Sunderland chairman Ellis Short to resign for overlooking Mr Di Canio’s apparent fascist beliefs when hiring him this week.


Hillsborough coroner Stefan Popper to be questioned

By Anna Sheinman, March 25, 2013

The coroner who led the original inquest into the Hillsborough disaster will be questioned over the level of contact he had with police officers and why he ordered blood alcohol level tests on all those who died.


Israel will still host football championship, say Uefa

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

Uefa is standing firm on its decision to have Israel host the upcoming European Under-21 football championship, even as anti-Israel activists organise their biggest push yet to derail plans.


Swansea red-faced over Shechter’s Dubai ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2013

Premier League club Swansea City has admitted it considered cancelling a training trip to Dubai after striker Itay Shechter was refused entry because of the country’s ban on Israelis.


Spurs fans attacked by 'neo-Nazis' in France

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

A gang of masked men allegedly chanting Nazi slogans attacked Tottenham fans drinking in a crowded pub in France, leaving three supporters injured.

Up to 150 Spurs fans were drinking at the Smoking Dog pub in Lyons on Wednesday evening, in advance of the club’s Europa League match against the city's team.


His rabbi knows

February 15, 2013

What was it they said about Jews and football? As if Anthony Clavane’s recent book, Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?, was not enough to destroy the myth that Jews do nothing more than follow football, now we have our own home-grown Premier League striker.


It’s all kicking off as Nick makes his league premiere

By James Masters, February 14, 2013

Nick Blackman spent most of his youth cheering on the mighty Manchester United. But this week he found himself goal-hunting for a team fighting for survival in the top division.

The 23-year-old forward became the first English-born Jew to start a Premier League game when he played for Reading at Stoke City at the weekend.


Israeli footballer barred from training session in Dubai

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

Israeli footballer Itay Schechter has missed a team visit to Dubai as a result of ongoing political tensions between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session.


Football fan pleads guilty to racial abuse

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2013

A football fan was fined yesterday for having shouted antisemitic abuse at a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Aston Villa supporter Terry Douglas pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse after police officers overheard him call the unnamed footballer a Jewish c*** during a Premier League match.

The offence took place during the Villa Park match on Boxing Day last year.