Football

Liverpool FC Rosh Hashanah tweet prompts torrent of hate

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

A Rosh Hashanah tweet from Liverpool Football Club was removed after it received a barrage of antisemitic abuse online.

The club tweeted on Thursday night: “Liverpool FC would like to wish all our Jewish supporters around the world a happy new year. #RoshHashanah.”

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Israel ruined its own bid to host Euro 2020 soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

While the BDS movement tried to take credit for Uefa's decision not to name Jerusalem as one of the 13 host cities for the Euro 2020 tournament, the ruling has a lot more to do with the incompetence of the IFA, Israel's national football association, than political considerations.

Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium made it to the shortlist of 19, but was dropped due to the fact that the bid issued by th

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Pro-Israel activists protest over Qatar links with terror

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2014

Pro-Israel groups gathered outside the Qatar embassy in London in a bid to challenge its support of terrorist organisations.

More than 50 pro-Israel supporters held up placards at the protest co-organised by Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Israeli Forum Task Force.

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Uefa investigating antisemitic banner at Spurs match in Belgrade

By Rosa Doherty, September 19, 2014

Football’s European governing body, Uefa, is investigating after an antisemitic banner was displayed by supporters of the Serbian club Partizan Belgrade.

The banner, which was on show throughout Thursday’s Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur in Belgrade, read “Only Jews and Pussies”, thought to be a play on the title of the BBC sitcom, “Only Fools and Horses”.

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Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.

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José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: Uruguay without Suarez will lack bite

June 30, 2014

Hola, mi compadres Ingles. Welcome to week three of my World Cup diary, and what a week it has been for Colombia.

On Friday, we became victorious over the Ivory Coast and so on to the final group partido against Japan. Of course, we were already qualificado for the next phase of the competition so the game not so important.

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José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: 'We win, but I use teffilin for next game'

June 19, 2014

Hola, my friends in Great Britain. So, a magnificent weekend for my players, for Colombia and for my chances of making it home in one piece — 3-0 victory over Greece. ¡Olé!

In last week’s diary I said I walk to the stadium because it was Shabbat on day of el gran partido. It was joke of course, but I wish now I did.

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Spurs fans will not face arrest for Y-word chants, police say

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, June 18, 2014

Spurs fans who use the term "yid" are unlikely to face criminal prosecution, police have conceded.

Constable Steve Payne told a meeting of Tottenham Hotspur fans that using the Y-word was no longer an arrestable offence.

But he also said that fans could still face charges if a complaint was made that the term had been used in a pejorative way.

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What rabbis can learn from the soccer terraces

By Jonathan Romain, June 15, 2014

The sheer passion of football supporters was famously expressed by the former Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly. Explaining his attitude to the game, he said, "Football isn't a matter of life and death, it's much more important than that."

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Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo suspended for quenelle support

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo will be suspended for the first two games of the Premier League season following his support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo had claimed Anelka was a "legend" when he performed the antisemitic sign during a match last December.

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