Football

Police warn Spurs fan over Yid chants

By Charlotte Oliver, October 3, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan has been given an official police warning for chanting the Y word, in what is believed to be the first such incident since the Football Association issued its crackdown on the use of the word.

Paul Baines was handed the written warning while watching last Saturday’s match between Spurs and Chelsea at Spurs’ White Hart Lane stadium.

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Museum is all set for the big kick-off

By Barry Toberman, October 3, 2013

Joanne Rosenthal fits the cynical profile of the Manchester United fan. She lives in London — although she was raised in Salford — and rarely attends games. But she is a pivotal player in the upcoming Jewish Museum, Camden, exhibition showcasing the Jewish contribution to football, on and off the pitch, and the influence the beautiful game has exerted on Jewish life in this country.

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Maybe Buddhism gets it...

By David Robson, September 27, 2013

In her very enjoyable biography, published this week, the actress Rula Lenska talks about her adherence to a Japanese form of Buddhism where if you want or need something to happen you chant for it and it often comes to pass. How well the want-chant success rate stands up to statistical examination I cannot say. What I do know is that it’s very different from the Jewish way.

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Net gain for fans’ own football site

By Josh Jackman, September 25, 2013

“We are the largest fan-driven platform in the world.”

This is the claim made by Israeli-born Asaf Peled, the chief executive of FTBpro.com, a football fan’s top port of call for user-driven news, opinion and humour on the beautiful game.

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Spurs, you'll always be Lilywhites

By Barry Frankfurt, September 25, 2013

As a Panini-sticker-collecting kid, the albums provided a lesson in football trivia that has stayed with me to this day. The stadium names, the players’ places of birth and the nicknames for every club, are etched in my memory.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger due at Jewish football exhibition opening

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will attend the opening of an exhibition on British Jews and football next month.

The exhibition, called Four Four Jew: Football, Fans and Faith will run at the Jewish Museum London from October 10.

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Spurs fans still ‘sing what they want’

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

Spurs supporters cheered their side to victory on Sunday with chants of “Yid army” and “we’ll sing what we want”, only days after the JC revealed that David Cameron sanctioned the use of the word that has caused so much controversy.

They defied threats of prosecution as their side beat Cardiff City in Wales — and even won the backing of one of their most celebrated players.

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Hungary: our Euro 2020 hosts?

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 18, 2013

On the heels of yet another antisemitic incident at a football match in Hungary, the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) has announced that it is bidding to host Euro 2020.

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David Baddiel says David Cameron is wrong over Y-word

September 18, 2013

Writer and comedian David Baddiel has criticised David Cameron for saying use of the word Yid by some football fans is not hate speech.

In an exclusive interview with the JC, the Prime Minister said that supporters of Tottenham Hotspur, who refer to themselves as Yiddos in terrace chants, should not face criminal charges.

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CST: Do not prosecute Spurs fans for using Y-word

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

The Community Security Trust has said it does not back criminal prosecutions for Spurs fans who use the word "Yid" in terrace football chants.

The charity moved to clarify its position following a week of debate on the issue, capped by Prime Minister David Cameron telling the JC that fans should not be prosecuted for using the term unless motivated by hate.

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