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


Glazer death prompts flurry of hate on Twitter

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Dozens of antisemitic comments have been posted on Twitter following the death of Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer on Wednesday.

The American billionaire, who was descended from Lithuanian Jews, died aged 85 after suffering ill health following two strokes in 2006.

One Twitter user, under the name Calma_Uefalona, wrote: “Stupid jew finally died….. Yes thank u Lord” (sic).


Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer died on Wednesday aged 85.

The American Jewish billionaire, born in Rochester, New York, suffered ill health following two strokes in 2006.

He was said to have been experiencing impaired speech and limited mobility.


Football Association probes futsal hate claim

By Charlotte Oliver, May 15, 2014

Jewish sport organisation Maccabi GB has complained to the Football Association after players at a five-a-side tournament were antisemitically abused.

The incident took place during a FA Futsal Cup match in Barking, east London, on Sunday, between Maccabi GB and Kaunas Futsal, when opposition supporters called the Maccabi players “dirty Jews”.