Football

Messi and Barca come to pass their way to peace

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2013

A boost for relations between Israel and the Palestinians will be received in the shape of a visit by the illustrious Barcelona football team to Israel this weekend to provide coaching clinics for Israeli and Palestinian children.

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Antisemitic tweets target Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Dozens of antisemitic messages have been posted on Twitter aimed at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

The tweets highlighted Mr Levy's Jewish background and commented on his business acumen at the Premier League club.

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Arsenal confirms no restriction on Israel in Emirates deal

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that its sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline does not contain a clause which would discriminate against Israel.

Emirates has exclusive naming rights to the Premier League club’s stadium in north London.

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Israel could be booted out of world football, says Fifa's Blatter

By Simon Griver, July 11, 2013

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has warned that Israel could be suspended from international football.

Speaking during what he described as a “sensitive diplomatic mission” to Israel this week, Mr Blatter claimed that government interference in football was the main reason for the threat.

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England football bosses make emotional visit to Yad Vashem

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson and Football Association chairman David Bernstein have made an emotional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

During Tuesday's tour they discovered a book written by Jakob Wassermann, a relative of Mr Bernstein, which the Nazis had ordered to be burned.

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Hodgson and Bernstein visit Yad Vashem

By Zoe Winograd, June 12, 2013
Roy Hodgson and David Bernstein were moved by a "very sobering" tour of Yad Vashem in Jersusalem. The England Manager and FA Chairman were in Israel to watch the Under-21s in their final game at the UEFA European Championship.

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U-21 Israel-England match splits fans

By James Masters, June 5, 2013

England fans in Israel are bracing themselves for Tuesday's Uefa Under-21 clash at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.

The game is almost certain to be sold out for the final Group A game, with both teams hoping to be in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Hundreds of English olim are expected to turn up to back England.

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Israel coach Luzon on Uefa U21: 'we are a united team'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

As the biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off, watch Israel under-21 coach guy Luzon discuss his team.

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Pride as Uefa under-21 tournament set to kick off in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

The biggest football tournament ever to be staged in Israel kicks off in Netanya this evening.

Despite a lengthy campaign mounted by boycotters urging Uefa to move the Under 21 championship, the first games are set to go ahead as planned. Israel will take on Norway, followed by England playing Italy.

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Yossi Benayoun: antisemitism from Chelsea fans was 'worse'

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Chelsea footballer Yossi Benayoun has revealed that the antisemitic abuse directed at him by the club’s own fans was the worst he has ever experienced in his 20 year career.

The Israel international described how at an away match against Liverpool last month Chelsea supporters yelled “Jew and other stuff that was worse” as he came on as a late substitute.

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