NEEDING JUST a point to secure promotion to Division One, maybe it was nerves, perhaps they wanted to add a bit of drama to proceedings? But whatever it was, it was certainly thrilling as AC Mill Hill, finding themselves 3-0 down after 30 minutes, turned on the style in the second half to run out 5-3 winners and clinch their place in the second division of Jewish football next season. Talking about sides needing just a point to clinch a title, this weekend is Norstar London Raiders A’s turn. Having been awarded three points for Woodford Wanderers’ no-show back in February, Rob Richman’s side now just need to avoid defeat against Neasden on Sunday to clinch the Premier Division title. You can’t see them giving Neasden a three-goal head start.
ISRAELI FOOTBALL football side Beitar Jerusalem has a reputation for its racist fans and their manager hasn’t helped to quench those flames by revealing he won’t play any Arabs in the side. Explaining his rationale, Guy Levy told Israel’s 102FM: “It would create much greater damage. Even if there were a player who fitted in professionally, I would not bring him in because it would create unnecessary tensions.” When asked if he thought bringing in an Arab player could potentially help change the racist culture of the fans, he replied: “Let the education minister change the culture and not ask us to change the culture of a people that is centuries old.” Saying his job was to “coach the team, not to educate anyone”, he also ended by praising the fans, saying: “I met La Familia recently, excellent people and fantastic fans. I respect the people who support my team.” Not exactly doing his part for Israeli-Arab relations.
IT MAY have taken an extra four days, and the conversion of one of the most controversial re-taken penalty’s in footballing history, but England’s U19 Women’s team have qualified for this summer’s European Championships, and can now look forward – to hopefully – a couple of weeks in Israel in July.