THEY SAY all good things must come to an end and that was certainly the case for the reigning treble winners on Sunday morning. Johnny Haik’s injury time strike inflicted a first league defeat on Hendon United A since January 2013 – and their first loss in all competitions for more than a year. Disappointed to see the unbeaten run finally end, manager David Garbacz was gracious enough to concede that his side enjoyed their fair share of luck along the way. Though before anyone feels this could herald the beginning of the end, Garbacz insists that rather than deflate them, it will only spur them on to up their game further in defence of their title. The new run starts on Sunday.
JERUSALEM was one of 19 venues bidding to be one of 13 hosts for the 2020 European Championships. They failed as they didn’t fulfil the bid requirements stipulated by the UEFA administration. In fact they didn’t even participate in the selection phases. That though hasn’t stopped certain anti-Israel groups coming out of the woodwork, claiming they played their part in the Israelis being snubbed. Ignoring the fact that the bid fell on “technical shortcomings”, as well as safety and security fears, Abdulrahman Abunahel , the coordinator in Gaza with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, reportedly said: “We thank all those who joined us in opposing Israel’s bid to host games in Jerusalem, a city from which Israel is ethnically cleansing Palestinians. Our online campaigning undoubtedly played a role in persuading Uefa to make the right choice.” A good job they didn’t try to prevent Israel from hosting the U21 tournament last summer.