Football

France mulls ban on Dieudonne after Anelka Nazi-style salute

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said he is considering banning the comedian Dieudonné's shows in January over concerns for public safety.

The announcement came following a Premier League football match on Saturday at which footballer Nicolas Anelka, a friend of Dieudonne, gave a Nazi-style salute said to have been popularised by the comedian.

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FA investigates Nicolas Anelka over "Nazi salute" goal celebration

By JC Reporter, December 29, 2013

The Football Association is investigating the West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka over his alleged antisemitic goal celebration.

Anelka performed a "quenelle", a gesture that has been described as a "reverse Nazi salute", after scoring in his club's 3-3 draw with West Ham.

Anelka said later he was paying tribute to the controversial French comedian, Dieudonné.

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Global sports gaming is our top goal

By Daniel Easterman, December 20, 2013

For many UK citizens, sports betting and fantasy football are popular pastimes.

At least four million people in the UK play fantasy sport games, according to London-based entrepreneur David Galan, who has fused the football and betting industries with his gaming company, Picklive.

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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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