This should be interesting. The new anti racism (but Islam is a religion not a race!) rules written by FIFA were instituted to insure no one insulted the Religion of Peace but oh the Lord works in mysterious ways;
Non-Jewish Chilean striker Rodrigo Goldberg mistaken for Jew during match with local team; fans hurl insults at former Maccabi Tel Aviv star and Israel supporter; Goldberg pushes for FIFA disciplinary action against abusive fans Miki Sagi
Only two weeks ago FIFA, the world soccer body, issued a list of new disciplinary measures as part of its efforts to fight racism in soccer stadiums. It seems FIFA did not expect that so soon it would needed to implement the new penalties.
Rodrigo Goldberg, the non-Jewish Chilean striker who starred with Maccabi Tel Aviv from 1997 to 2003, won two cups, and later movedback to Chile to play for Santiago Morning, is demanding the new penalties be used after being subjected to anti-Semitic abuse during a recent match.
Last Saturday, Goldberg made headlines in Chile after fans of Palestino, a Chilean team set up by Palestinian refugees in the South American country, mistook him for a Jew and hurled racist comments against him
They are such lovely dear people.
"I've heard many curses against me; people think I am a Jew because of my name, but what happened last Saturday broke all records," Goldberg told Ynet.
What did they shout?
A combination of every swear word you can think of and the word Jew. They called me "Jewish garbage," "son of a bitch Jew," many curses. As I said, it happened in the past but this time it crossed the limits.
People in Chile don't like the fact that I support Israel whenever the opportunity arises, but I don't care. I already said they called me a Jew on many occasions, although I am not, but it is not insulting. To the contrary, for me it's a compliment. I respect Jews and love the dearly.
Hey Rodrigo, I love you dearly. Let's see what FIFA does.
Bruce pointed out to me FIFA and the World cup's history of critcizing Israel.
Most recently here for bombing an empty soccer field in Gaza from which rockets were fired into Israel, but not criticizing Pals for firing into an Israeli soccer field, or the many similar incident elsewhere in the world I.E., just picking on Israel, and including a question as to what FIFA and Germany will do during the World cup to enforce its 'civility" rules.
FIFA has condemned Israel for an air strike on an empty soccer field in the Gaza Strip that was used for training exercises by Islamic Jihad and the al-Aqsa martyrs brigade. This strike did not cause any injuries. But at the same time FIFA has refused to condemn a Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli soccer field last week which did cause injuries.
With the soccer World Cup, which takes place only once every four years, just weeks away, it is a time of mounting emotion for the hundreds of millions of people across the globe who passionately follow the game. As FIFA meets in the next few days to decide what action to take against Israel, the double standards involved could not be more obvious.
Photo: Iranian President Ahmadinejad (center) training with the national soccer team in Tehran on March 1
Should be most interesting how they handle the Goldberg Jew hate attack.
By their acts ye shall know them, and so we know them.