Football

Images released of football fans accused of antisemitic chanting

By Josh Jackman, October 13, 2015

Police want to question a group of West Ham football supporters over antisemitic chanting on a train.

The British Transport Police has released images of the five men who several witnesses have accused of singing antisemitic song after a match with Leicester City on August 15.

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Croatia football team employs former player who led Nazi chant

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2015

The Croatian national football team has hired an assistant who was previously banned for 10 games after leading fans in a Nazi chant.

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Injury time ruling saves Shabbat soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Israeli football was almost shut down last weekend following a battle over the legality of playing on Shabbat.

At the last moment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein supplied the Israeli FA with a legal opinion that there was no need to enforce the labour law in the arena of professional football because matches had been always held on Shabbat and therefore the status quo could remain.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv were like rabbits caught in headlights

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2015

It was a bit like watching the school bully in the playground.

Maccabi backed off and backed off until the bully hit them. Not once, but four times. And there were more than a few near misses too. In the end Chelsea were toying with them. And they didn’t need to break sweat.

After 11 years in the wilderness of Europe’s elite, this was embarrassingly easy for Chelsea. Men against boys.

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Israel spoils Wales party with battling goalless draw

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2015

Israel denied Wales the win that would have ensured qualification for next year’s European Championships finals with a goalless draw in Cardiff.

The visitors went into the game on the back of a 4-0 victory over Andorra, but they were forced to defend for long spells, with goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and captain Tal Ben Haim in commanding form.

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Protests ahead of Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier with Wales

By JC Reporter, September 6, 2015

Anti-Israel protesters demonstrated in Cardiff this afternoon ahead of Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.

Hundreds of activists marched from City Hall towards Cardiff City Stadium in a rally organised by Fair Play for Palestine.

A counter-demonstration was organised for Israeli fans outside the stadium with hundreds expected to participate in a "pre-match celebration of Israel".

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Antisemitic incidents in football up by 14 per cent

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2015

Antisemitic incidents in football are on the rise, according to the latest figures.

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported a 14 per cent increase during the 2014-15 season, with 65 cases brought to the attention of the authorities.

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Cardiff Council condemned for giving in to ‘thugs’ over scrapping of Israel football exhibition

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2015

The Israeli Embassy has condemned Cardiff City Council for giving in to “vile threats by a small group of thugs” after it removed an exhibition promoting Jewish-Arab coexistence through football in Israel.

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Cardiff Central Library withdraws football exhibition celebrating Jewish-Arab co-existence

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2015

Cardiff Central Library has scrapped an exhibition of photos celebrating Jewish-Arab co-existence through football in Israel.

The library confirmed that the exhibition "Low football - Jewish-Arab football: diversity and co-existence through lower-league football,” which opened on Wednesday, has been removed.

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Fans plan demonstrations ahead of Wales-Israel clash

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2015

Pro- and anti-Israel demonstrations are expected to take place ahead of Sunday's Wales versus Israel European Championship football qualifier in Cardiff.

The Zionist Federation (ZF) and grassroots groups North West Friends of Israel and Sussex Friends of Israel have organised transport to the game for activists who want to support the visiting side.

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