Football

Croatian footballer banned over pro-Nazi chants

By Darren Witcoop, December 17, 2013

A Croatian international football player will miss next year's World Cup for his pro-Nazi chants.

Josip Simunic was handed a 10-game ban by Fifa for displaying "discriminatory behaviour" following his country's World Cup play-off win against Iceland last month.

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Brady Maccabi A vs NL Raiders A

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2013

Brady Maccabi A became the first team to beat MGBSFL leaders Norstar London Raiders A this season following a deserved 2-0 victory at Rowley Lane. (Video highlights: David Wiseman)

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Police arrest two men over antisemitic tweets

By Charlotte Oliver, December 13, 2013

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, after antisemitic comments appeared on Twitter following Tottenham Hotspur's match against West Ham United in early October.

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The man whose sports images really grabbed

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

Being blind in one eye might be regarded as a handicap for a photographer, but not for Monte Fresco.

Mr Fresco, who has died at the age of 77, was the doyen of Fleet Street sports photographers, covering seven football World Cups and taking some of the game’s most famous images

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Top marks for David Beckham as Class of 92 hits the big screen

By Daniel Easterman, November 29, 2013

It is not every day you get to reminisce with a football legend, but Jewish brothers Ben and Gabe Turner have been able to do exactly that — only not with just one legend, but with six.

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Police make Spurs fan wait in Y-word case

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan who was arrested last month in connection with chanting the word “Yid” must wait to find out if he will be charged.

The unnamed 51-year-old man was arrested on October 6 during Spurs’ home game against West Ham United.

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Arsenal vs Spurs? It's Doves vs Hawks

By Jonathan Freedland, November 7, 2013

The plural of anecdote is not data, I know. A few random experiences do not a scientific sample make. I appreciate that, too. So I tread warily — not least because I am about to venture into territory where two of the most toxic divisions in our community converge. But here goes.

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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville set to rebuild Manchester shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are set to become the first Premier League footballers to own and run a synagogue.

The football icons turned property developers have their eyes set on Manchester Reform Synagogue, a 1950s building and the only city-centre shul in Manchester, which adjoins a major redevelopment site.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's new role: football thug

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

After Ali G, Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen looks set to add another hilariously offensive alter-ego to his roll call of comedy personas.

The comedian and actor is turning his attention back to English stereotypes and creating one of his most controversial characters to date: a northern football hooligan.

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Soccer thugs jailed over hate attack

By Bernard Josephs, October 31, 2013

Two far-right Italian football thugs who took part in a vicious attack against Tottenham Hotspur fans in a Rome pub last November have been found guilty of assault and grievous bodily harm.

Appearing in a court in Rome, Mauro Pinnelli, 26, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail and Franceco Ianari, 27, received a sentence of four and a half years.

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