Kick 'Jew goal' into touch now
Just when you think you've heard every expression in football, a new one pops up. Well, it was certainly new to me.
The term 'Jew goal' surfaced last weekend following Arsenal's thrilling 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was brought to my attention by a blog on the CST website. The phrase originates from the FIFA computer game, apparently, and I found it quite bizarre. It's not one I'd like to hear again. But it was not the only time Robin Van Persie, the scorer of the so-called Jew goal, was in the spotlight.
After the game, there were complaints that Van Persie's celebration for Arsenal's final goal was in fact a Nazi salute. That's not the way I saw it.
The Dutch striker immediately tried to play down the accusations, describing them as "ludicrous". The club backed him up. When we called them earlier this week, they said no statement or investigation was planned on the matter and they do not comment on what they described as "malicious web gossip".
● It's not often that London Maccabi Lions legend Aviel Schwarz gives interviews, but he did not like seeing his team's name "dragged through the mud" on the backpage last week. If you recall, FC Team boss Mitch Young called for a replay after Lions scored a goal when his keeper was injured. Schwarz said: "The accusation is just laughable. Mitch obviously loves the sound of his own voice, but he is embarrassing himself and his team by making idiotic accusations.
"I could have just sat back and let him make a fool of himself, but as he dragged me into it personally, I felt I needed to respond. I'm happy for people to make their own minds up on who is the more objective."
● Temple Fortune stalwart Peter Kyte has reached an incredible landmark of 700 appearances for the club. Now playing in Division Two of the Maccabi Masters League, the no-nonsense midfielder, who is the co-founder of the club, made his first appearance at the tender age of 14, some 41 years ago.
His brother Nigel, who is club chairman, said: "Peter has overcome some career-threatening injuries. It is truly an epic feat of commitment, dedication and loyalty to one club."
● Hendon defender Josh Lipman is my player of the month for October. The Hammers have only conceded two goals over the past few weeks and Josh has hardly putting a foot wrong. His manager David Garbacz said: "Josh has been a real inspiration and is without doubt the best central defender in the league at the moment on current form."
A full run-down of the winners can be found here.