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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

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WJC President Hails Football Association’s Punishment of Anelka

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 marzo 2014

Ronald S. LauderNEW YORK/BRUSSELS – The World Jewish Congress today hailed English soccer’s ruling body, the Football Association, for suspending and fining West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka for an alleged anti-Semitic gesture he made during a game late last year. “This suspension and fine show without a doubt that anti-Semitic, racist or ethnically derogatory gestures will not be tolerated in European soccer,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “The use of racist or anti-Semitic gestures or chants by European soccer players and crowds is a serious problem and brings shame on the continent.” The Football Association suspended Anelka for five games and fined him the equivalent of $133,400 for employing the gesture, the “quenelle,” which has been called a kind of reverse Nazi salute. It was made popular by French comic Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who’s been convicted repeatedly in France of violating hate-speech laws. French authorities recently banned his shows because of their anti-Semitic content. The association cited the quenelle’s ethnic, racial or religious connotations, according to a Bloomberg report. Anelka can appeal.

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Match Against Poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 settembre 2011

Ronaldo with Real Madrid.

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Geneva/Hamburg Football stars Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane announced today that the ninth annual Match Against Poverty will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 13 December 2011, with most of the proceeds going towards addressing the ongoing food crisis in the Horn of Africa. As Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ronaldo and Zidane will gather a team of other famous soccer players for a friendly game against an all-star side from German team Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV). HSV is one of Germany’s oldest and most successful clubs, and the only one to have consistently played in the country’s football league, the Bundesliga, since it was founded in 1963. The 57,000 tickets for the match at the club’s Imtech Arena go on sale today. The annual Match Against Poverty seeks to mobilize the public to fight against poverty and promote action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -eight internationally-agreed goals which seek to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.
Football legends Ronaldo and Zidane have been the driving force behind the Match Against Poverty since its inception in 2003. Two thirds of the match proceeds will be used to bolster humanitarian and recovery activities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The UN is working in these countries to provide emergency food aid, water, shelter and health services, while working on longer term development plans.
HSV will donate the remaining 33 percent of the event’s profits to the club’s initiative, Der Hamburger Weg (The Hamburg Way), to promote corporate social responsibility among its sponsors/partners, and to support diverse community development projects focused on sports, youth, education and protection of the environment.
Carl-Edgar Jarchow, chairman of HSV, said the entire team is honoured to be a part of this important event. “We are glad to join in UNDP’s efforts against poverty this year. Football is a great way to get people together for a good cause,” Jarchow said. “The players are also really excited to be playing against legendary champions such as Zidane and Ronaldo.”
Proceeds from the previous eight Matches Against Poverty have benefited projects in more than 27 developing countries, including recent recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.
As in past years, the Match is supported by football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The Match will take place at the Imtech Arena from 19:30 local time. Ticket prices range from 8 Euros up to 20 Euros and will be available as of October 4 at To donate to the Horn of Africa crisis, visit: (map)

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