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”.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: 'Futbal it will be challenges...but in Colombia we used to hot seats'

By Jose Pekerman, June 12, 2014

Hola, my good friends in Great Britain and welcome to my World Cup diary in which I will give you all the exclusivo news from the Colombia squad here in Brazil.


Nike critics seeing stars

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Nike, the sports goods multinational, has come under fire for using a symbol in its advertising that some people have said resembles a Star of David.

The promotional video published on Youtube shows animated footballers, including Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Wayne Rooney, battling against evil clones who are wearing a symbol derived from the shape of a football.

Viewers took to social med


Who knew? 10 Jews and the World Cup

By Nadav Shemer, June 12, 2014

1. Meisl's Wunderteam