Football

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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‘Y-word ruling hit support’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 31, 2013

The police crackdown on Spurs fans’ use of the Y-word may be having a negative effect on the atmosphere at home games, according to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.

Secretary of the Trust, Katrina Law, claimed that the policing at White Hart Lane was one of the reasons for the chill in support during last Sunday’s winning game against Hull City.

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Did we fight for this? - Man Utd and army use Nazi-style imagery

By Charlotte Oliver, October 30, 2013

The Army and Manchester United Football Club have come under fire this week after being associated with Nazi imagery.

Last weekend, the Mail on Sunday revealed that two soldiers were investigated by the Ministry of Defence after they appeared in a photograph making Nazi-like salutes.

The unnamed men had posed for the photo at a British Army base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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Nobel winners? I'd rather have a Jewish Premiership footballer

By David Robson, October 25, 2013

I was listening to a radio commentary in April 2010 when the Spurs full-back Danny Rose, in his debut match, scored a sensational goal against Arsenal. So Spurs score a goal, so what? But Danny Rose… Danny Rose? Perhaps he’s Jewish. My heart leapt. The picture in the paper the following day suggested that he almost certainly was not. Of course not. What did I expect — Broadway Danny Rose?

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Israeli FA yellow cards kippah goal celebrations

By Simon Griver, October 24, 2013

The Israeli Football Association has instructed referees to yellow-card players who put on kippot to celebrate goals.

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World Cup host Qatar blanks out Israeli flag

By Bernard Josephs, October 24, 2013

The suitability of Qatar as a site for international sport was called into question this week after the organisers of the Swimming World Cup in the capital, Doha, failed to display the name “Israel” during broadcasts of the competition and the Israeli flag was removed from outside the venue.

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Spurs consult fans over Y-word

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur has responded to the continuing controversy over the word “Yid” by asking for the views of 70,000 of its supporters.

The club has emailed a survey to all its season-ticket holders and members. It asks fans where they stand on the chants using the Y-word and includes recent media coverage on the issue.

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Brady B v Camden Park

By Danny Caro, October 21, 2013

Camden Park claimed a morale-boosting first win of the season as they crushed Division One leaders Brady B.

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Winners get to Wembley

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

As part of an award from the Football Association, the Manchester Jewish Soccer League top brass enjoyed a VIP night watching England’s footballers secure World Cup qualification by beating Poland at Wembley.

The MJSL was recognised as the best grass-roots league in the region in the award, promoting equality and respectful behaviour.

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