July 2014

Haaretz quotes a Reuters report that Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national team player, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said on Thursday. “Palestine has lost one of its best players, he may have been the best midfielder we ever had,” Gaza sports journalist Khaled Zaher told …

The UEFA Emergency Panel met on 16 July and decided that, due to the current security situation in Israel, no UEFA competition matches may be played in the country until further notice. Consequently, the Israeli clubs involved in forthcoming fixtures have been requested to propose alternative venues outside of Israel’s territory for their home legs …

German footballer Mesut Ozil, who plays for Arsenal, reportedly said he is donating his World Cup earnings to the children of Gaza following his country’s triumph in the cup. The German Football Association awarded each of the team’s players a €300,000 bonus for winning the cup, in addition to €150,000 following their semi-final win and …

In yet another demonstration of the appalling racism of  Beitar Jerusalem fans, six of Beitar’s La Familia gang members are suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khudair .  The following report is from BuzzFeed on 7 July 2014.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/the-hardline-soccer-fans-accused-of-killing-a-palestinian-te JERUSALEM – Moshe Aviram flashed a smile as he yelled “Death to Arabs” at a passing …