Instead of providing a diversion from the Gaza conflict, sport has been thrust into the heart of it
By DAVE ZIRIN*
Sevilla (Spain) striker Fredi Kanoute (pictured in photograph after the ‘more’ break). Kanoute, who was born in France, could have played for the French national team in the World Cup but instead chose to play for Mali to show African solidarity.
(January 23, 2009) – IN JANUARY 2008, Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Aboutreika followed a goal by raising his shirt to reveal the slogan “Sympathise with Gaza”. His actions were meant to put a spotlight onto the economic embargo that Israel had imposed on Palestinians in Gaza after the election of the Hamas government. Continue reading
GAZA (January 14, 2009) RIA Novosti – THREE TOP Palestinian soccer players have been killed in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past 72 hours, the Sports Journalists’ Association reported on Wednesday, citing the Palsport news agency. Continue reading
MADRID, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) – A study carried out by a professor of finance and economics at the University of Barcelona has reached the conclusion that Spanish football is suffering the effects of the global economic crisis. Continue reading
By DAVE ZIRIN*
Ankara, Turkey – Israeli basketball team, Bnei Hasharon, has to flee the court
(January 13, 2009) – WE HAVE OFFICIALLY entered uncharted waters. Never before in my years of reporting has a sports team been forced to abandon the field of play due to political protest from fans. Never before have fans become the central actors in turning a sporting event into a political melee.
But Tuesday evening in Ankara, Turkey, the Israeli basketball team, Bnei Hasharon, had to flee the wrath of what the Associated Press described as “hundreds of fist-pumping, chanting Turkish fans.” Continue reading
Sevilla striker scores yellow card after revealing Palestine shirt during game in Spain.
Sevilla’s Frederic Kanoute (L) celebrates next to Luis Fabiano after scoring against Deportivo Coruna during their Spanish King’s Cup soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville January 7, 2009. (Marcelo Del Pozo / Newscom)
The slogan ‘Palestine Aid’ will be emblazoned on Kettering Town’s shirts for their FA Cup tie with Eastwood Town
By JON HENDERSON, The Guardian
Kettering Town’s shirt, showing support for the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, which they will wear in the FA Cup tomorrow. Photograph: Action Images
LONDON (January 2, 2009) – SHIRTS worn by players in an FA Cup tie tomorrow will be the unlikely advertising hoarding for the plight of Palestinians. Kettering Town will have the slogan Palestine Aid emblazoned on their kit to show their support for Interpal, a charitable organisation which distributes aid in the Palestinian territories. Continue reading