Football

Awat subjected to antisemitic abuse in Spain

By Simon Griver, December 14, 2009

The Spanish FA will hold a disciplinary hearing for La Liga side Osasuna after Real Mallorca’s Israeli goalkeeper Dudu Awat was subject to antisemitic abuse in his side's 1-0 victory at the Navarro stadium in Pamplona on Sunday night.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo noted in his match report to the Spanish FA that the crowd chanted "Jewish bastard" every time Awat touched the ball, and that the fans only stopped their racist abuse in the second half following five requests over the public announcement system.

The fans waved Palestinian flags and also shouted "murderer" at Awat.

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True Blues under 11s reach football final

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

HMH Blue Under 11s reached the final of the National Cup after squeezing past HISHU White on penalties. The tie finished 2-2 with Zac Garbacz and Angus Taylor on target for the Highgate side.

Adam Ellis (2), Eli Wegryzn and Aaron Benjamin struck as HMH beat AC Whetstone 4-2 after extra time in round two of the Maccabi GB National Cup. David Goodman earned Highgate & Muswell Hill a 1-1 draw against St Albans in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Yellow Division.

Jack Naftalin hit the winner as HMH Red beat HISHU White in the Maccabi GB Primary Football League Under 10 Division.

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Hero Hershkorn ends Raiders’ cup dream

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Premier Division South Manx edged into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating JC MSFL Division Two leaders North London Raiders B 5-3. Rob Hershkorn (3), Darren Harris and Jonny Haik netted for the Manx. James Foley-Comer, Lewis Blitz and Elliot Espinoza replied.

Manx manager John Nitka commented: “We didn’t play well, especially on the 3G surface at Brunel. Credit to NLR B for not allowing us to play.”

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Bigots must find another stage to vent their anger

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

And here are the results: Football 1, antisemitism 0. Boxing 0, antisemitism 1. That has been the outcome of two major sporting events in the UK over the past two weeks.

It’s clear from this that sport and politics do not mix. Sport has been used as a platform by organisations and countries to protest and vent their anger towards political situations, but this reached new heights on Saturday night when Dmitriy Salita experience race hate walking into the ring.

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Gershfield puts NWN in last 16

December 10, 2009

Four goals from Maccabiah star James Gershfield booked North West Neasden A’s place in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup as they beat Hammer 4-1.

With strikers Lee Cash and Daniel Levenfiche missing, Wingate & Finchley marksman Gershfield scored twice in each half to seal a third round meeting at home to Bungay Town on Sunday.

NWN joint-manager Daniel Fox said: “We are representing Jewish football and our proud of our achievement as the only Jewish team to get to the last 16 in the Sunday FA Cup this season.

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Haifa go out of Champions League with a whimper

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa’s Champions League campaign ended in humiliation as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bordeaux on Tuesday. The defeat means that the Israeli champions lost all six matches and failed to score a single goal in Group A.

As per the corresponding fixture in France, Bordeaux won by a single goal with Jussie’s 13th minute proving decisive. The match was a dead rubber for the visitors who had already won the group.

The French side were so depleted that they were only able to name four players on the bench, compared to Haifa’s seven.

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John Gregory takes over at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

John Gregory is the new manager of Israeli Premier Division side Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Gregory, the former boss of Aston Villa, QPR and Derby County, has not managed since leaving Loftus Road in 2007.

He takes over a Nazareth team who lie bottom of Ligat Ha’al, replacing Eli Mahfoud under whom Nazareth lost 9 out of 12 matches.

Gregory, 55 will be assisted by former Villa defender Najwan Grayeb. He has signed a deal until the end of the season.

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Top two lose in Masters League

By Jeremy Silverstone, December 7, 2009

The race for the Maccabi Masters League Division One title was blown wide open after leaders Glenthorne United A and defending champions Brady Maccabi A were beaten.

Glenthorne were beaten 2-1 by title hopefuls North London Raiders, for whom Jonny Dubiner and Ashley Davidson were on target. Greg Morris replied.

Second-placed Brady failed to make up any ground as they were beaten by the same score by South Mancunians. Neil Kochane scored for Brady, but strikes from David Hyman and Paul Rodin secured the win for Mancs.

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Manchester Maccabi reach last eight of County Cup

December 7, 2009

Two goals by Leor Sidle steered Manchester Maccabi into the quarter-finals of the County Cup following a 2-1 win over Trafford FC.

After being dumped out of the Morrison trophy in their worst performance of the season followed by a one-goal defeat in the league, Maccabi produced a gritty performance to overcome a solid Trafford side from the Altrincham Premier division who had brought a healthy following.

Injury and unavailability led to a new pairing in central defence, but it looked fairly solid in the opening exchanges.

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Avram Grant saviours first Portsmouth win

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2009

Avram Grant breathed a sigh of relief after leading Portsmouth to their first victory since he took over as manager following the 2-0 Premier League home win over Burnley.

Beaten 4-0 by defending champions Manchester United last weekend and 4-2 by Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, the Israeli steered Portsmouth home in a relegation six-pointer with goals from Hermann Hreidarsson and Aruna Dindane temporarily lifting them off the foot of the table.

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