Football

Antisemitic chants at football game in Budapest

August 21, 2012

Hungarian authorities addressed the behaviour of fans who chanted antisemitic slogans during a football game between Hungary and Israel last Wednesday, 15 August.

Hungarian fans chanted “Stinking Jews” and “Heil Benito Mussolini,” turned their backs during Hatikva and waved Palestinian and Iranian flags throughout the match in Budapest.

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Muamba life-saving medics honoured

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Two doctors who saved the life of footballer Fabrice Muamba have received a special award for their efforts.

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner and Bolton Wanderers’ club doctor Jonathan Tobin, a member of Mill Hill Synagogue, were among the first on the scene when the midfielder collapsed from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Lancashire side in March.

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Arsenal ban Islamist preacher from Emirates Stadium

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Arsenal Football Club banned an Islamist preacher from a conference held at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, after complaints from season ticket holders.

Fans of the club contacted officials expressing concerns about preacher Abdur Raheem Green, due to attend Human Relief Foundation’s “The Illustrious Goldmine” conference.

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Primary pupils get a kick out of Wembley Stadium event

By Marcus Dysch, June 28, 2012

London Jewish primary pupils enjoyed a visit to Wembley Stadium to mark the completion of an interfaith project.

Twenty North West London Jewish Day School children took part in activities with pupils from Catholic and Muslim primaries, designing football kits, delivering presentations and having an impromptu kick-about.

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I went all the way to ‘racist’ Kiev and all I got was love

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

In many ways, it was a typically Jewish weekend, watching the England match, synagogue on Saturday morning, with a late lunch of hummus and matzah and gefilte-fish. Not so unusual in North-West London. But this weekend, I was in Kiev.

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In Ukraine, football helps us tackle Nazis

By Toby Axelrod, June 21, 2012

Pavel Klymenko is a man of convictions. He used to express them on the streets of Kiev, in hand-to-hand combat with neo-Nazis. Today, he fights racism and antisemitism in another way: with words and watchfulness.

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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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