Football

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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Sickened fans set up a non-racist Beitar in Jerusalem

By Shira Rubin, September 3, 2015

For years, even some of the most hardcore fans of Jerusalem's oldest football club, Beitar Jerusalem, have stopped attending its games, turned off by the racist rhetoric and violence of other supporters.

Even though many fans say that the club has been contaminated by an ultranationalist minority, some have decided to opt out and back a smaller, more "authentic" alternative.

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Solicitor admits headbutting spectator at football match

By JC Reporter, August 18, 2015

A Jewish amateur footballer headbutted a spectator during a match after the fan insulted his mother.

Mike Filson,a 33-year-old solicitor, was playing for South Manchester against Leeds Maccabi in the Manchester Jewish Soccer League when he reacted to abuse from the sidelines.

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Cheer for Israel? Sorry, not in this game, boyo

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

The Israeli embassy has called on the community to "come and show your support for Israel" in its football match against Wales - but the appeal has fallen on deaf ears as far as Welsh Jews are concerned.

The game in Cardiff in September could seal Wales' place in the 2016 European Championships, which would be their first appearance at a major tournament in 58 years.

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Israel lacrosse team forced to forfeit match after refusing to play on Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, July 28, 2015

An Israeli lacrosse team playing in the sport’s World Championship in Scotland has been forced to forfeit a match for not playing on Shabbat.

The under-19s side, made up of 15 and 16-year-old amateurs participating in their first tournament, arranged with opponents Finland to play their match on Wednesday instead of Saturday.

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Uefa take point off Croatia for on-pitch swastika

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

The Croatian national football team has been docked a point after a swastika was displayed on the pitch before a European Championship qualifier.

The penalty is understood to be the most serious ever imposed by Uefa, the governing body of European football.

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