Football

FA releases full Anelka judgment

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

The Football Association's independent commission has released its written reasons explaining why it banned West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka for five matches.

The report, which runs to 35 pages, provides the witness statements from Anelka, and arguments from both his and the FA's legal teams.

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Nicolas Anelka banned and fined by FA for quenelle gesture

By Daniel Easterman and Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned by the Football Association for five matches and fined £80,000 for performing an antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The FA said it did not believe the French footballer was antisemitic or had intended to promote antisemitism.

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Street stalls continue to sell 'Yid' merchandise at Arsenal stadium

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Street vendors have continued to sell “yid” merchandise outside the Emirates Stadium, despite the threat of action by Islington Council.

Badges that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!” were spotted ahead of the FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

A Jewish Arsenal fan, who did not want to be identified, reported the ongoing sale to police on standby.

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British embassy’s goal is peace through football

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

An initiative launched by the British embassy in Israel will bring together Jewish and Arab children to play football in a bid to show them ways they can live and work together.

Co-existence Through Football will see UK diplomats work with The Equalizer, a grassroots not-for-profit group collaborating with Israel’s Education Ministry to help children from disadvantaged communities.

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‘Yid’ hate badges probed

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Police and Islington council are investigating a report of badges being sold outside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium that read “Keep Calm, Hate the Yids!”.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “A report detailing the sale of the badges was completed. There have been no arrests. Inquiries are continuing.”

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Blizzard Storm vs London Haroldeans

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2014

Bobby Abrams and Jonny Harris earned London Haroldeans an important point in their battle against the drop as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Blizzard Storm in MGBSFL Division Two.

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Chelsea signing Salah 'refused to shake Israeli hands'

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2014

Chelsea's new Egyptian midfielder once refused to shake hands with Israeli footballers after apparently being pressured by extreme groups in his home country.

Mohamad Salah, signed this week from FC Basle for £11 million, sparked controversy when his Swiss side played Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League qualifying matches last year.

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CST shaken by secrecy in Anelka affair

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

The Football Association’s lack of transparency in investigating Nicolas Anelka’s controversial quenelle gesture has shaken the Community Security Trust’s confidence in the process, it has revealed.

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Spurs fans ready to fight ‘Yid’ charges

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Three Tottenham Hotspur supporters have become the first football fans to be charged with criminal offences for using the term “Yid”.

The charges relate to incidents during matches at the club’s White Hart Lane Stadium against FC Sheriff in the Europa League last November and a Premier League game with West Ham United in October.

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka contests FA's 'quenelle' charge

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka is to contest the Football Association's decision to charge him over the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The France striker used his Facebook page to state that he was "neither antisemitic or racist" and to challenge the allegations against him.

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