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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Cardiff City resists petition to boycott Israeli match

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2015

Football club Cardiff City has resisted calls to cancel a match against an Israeli team.

The Championship club was petitioned by Red Card Israeli Racism, a group which accuses the Jewish State of “appalling and widespread racism” against Palestinians.


Kick It Out head, Lord Ouseley, attacks FA’s decision not to act over Malky Mackay texts

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2015

The head of football anti-racism group Kick It Out has condemned the Football Association’s decision not to charge manager Malky Mackay over a series of racist, sexist, homophobic and antisemitic messages.

Lord Ouseley said the matter should not be dismissed simply because the texts were regarded as private.


WATCH: Maccabi Haifa 1-0 Norwich City HIGHLIGHTS

July 21, 2015

Maccabi Haifa won a pre-season friendly against Norwich City in Austria on Monday. Watch highlights of the game above and read Danny Caro's match report here.


Beitar Jerusalem riots: future in balance for football club

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 20, 2015

The future of Beitar Jerusalem, the Israeli capital's main football club, remained in the balance this week as the team's owner announced he would put it up for sale following a riot during an away game in Belgium last Thursday.