Dutch football club Utrecht fined for anti-Semitism


This video from the USA says about itself:

Dutch Soccer Fans Anti-Semitic Chant To Rivals

12 April 2015

“A Dutch football club has promised to investigate and punish a fan group that spent a recent game chanting anti-Semitic slurs against their rivals.

During a match between Amsterdam’s Ajax team and FC Utrecht on Sunday, members of a Utrecht fanbase, known as the Bunnikside and often described as hooligans, began insulting the Amsterdam fans by calling them Jews, in reference to the city’s prominent Jewish population.”

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.

Read more here.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports today that the Dutch football association has fined football club Utrecht for anti-Semitism during the 5 April match against Ajax from Amsterdam.

Some Utrecht fans then sang songs about burning Jews. According to the Dutch football association, Utrecht did not do enough against that and now has to pay a 10,000 euros fine.

Croatian neo-nazi swastika vandalism on international football pitch


This 12 June 2015 football video is called Nazi swastika pattern seen on the field during Croatia vs. Italy Euro qualifier.

From weekly The Observer in Britain:

Croatian president calls for swastika perpetrators to be punished

• Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: ‘This act has inflicted immeasurable damage’
• Large symbol appeared in the turf before Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy

Saturday 13 June 2015 13.18 BST

The president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has called for a swift investigation and punishment for the people who imprinted a swastika cross on the pitch in Split, where Croatia drew 1-1 with Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

“This act has inflicted immeasurable damage on the reputation of Croatian citizens and their homeland all over the world. Therefore, we must finally put a stop to such things,” Grabar-Kitarovic said in a statement released on Saturday. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the swastika on the pitch. I demand an urgent investigation and a decisive response from the relevant institutions to find and process the perpetrators.”

Croatia played Italy behind closed doors at Split’s Stadion Poljud having been handed a one-match ban for racist chants by their fans in March’s 5-1 home win against Norway in Zagreb. That followed incidents during a 1-1 draw against Italy in Milan last November when flares were hurled on to the pitch.

The swastika sign impregnated in the grass through a chemical agent days earlier became visible during the match. The incident left Croatia players and the national governing body, the HNS, fearing drastic punishment from the Uefa.

“This is a clear attack on football and we will without a doubt be severely punished,” the HNS’s secretary-general, Damir Vrbanovic, said on Saturday. “We have all been slapped in the face by hooligans and it was not an accident, it was a calculated move. The cameras will identify the perpetrators, but the shame will stay,” he said.

The result against Italy left Croatia top of Group H with 14 points from six games, two ahead of Italy and four clear of Norway.

Sepp Blatter resigns as world football boss


Sepp Blatter

Daily Neue Zùrcher Zeitung from Switzerland reports today at 18:52, that Sepp Blatter, the boss of the FIFA international football organisation, is resigning. There will be a new election.

See also here.