Antisemitic jibe spurred us on to win, says Berke

By Danny Caro, October 26, 2012

Leeds Maccabi captain Steven Berke has described how his team used an antisemitic remark to spur them on to victory.

Words were exchanged following a challenge in the Leeds & District Cup tie before a player from opponents Water Into Beer is alleged to have called Berke "a dirty Jew".

Tempers frayed and a melee ensued before Berke's teammate Dan Ross punched the player who is believed to have made the comment. Both Ross and the rival player were sent off.

Berke said: "I was disappointed to hear the comment and I reacted to it, but in truth it just spurred us to go on and win the tie.

"Their player apologised to our entire team after the game. Aside from him, they were a good group of lads who were all disappointed and hugely apologetic for the entire incident.

"As far as I'm aware, this was an isolated incident this season. We play in a nice league and don’t receive antisemitic abuse on a regular basis."

Last updated: 10:28am, October 26 2012