British soccer head apologises for Star of David blunder

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The head of England’s governing body of soccer has apologised for conflating the Star of David and the Nazi swastika.
by Martine Bass | Mar 08, 2018

Martin Glenn apologised on Monday for the statement he made a day earlier, after Manchester City team manager Pep Guardiola wore a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence – violating a Football Association rule that forbids the display of political symbols.

Glenn reacted to this by saying: “Things like a poppy are okay, but things that are going to be highly divisive are not. And that could be strong religious symbols. It could be the Star of David, it could be the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt. These are the things we don’t want.”

Simon Johnson, the chief executive of Britain’s Jewish Leadership Council, said following Glenn’s statement on Sunday: “The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and [former Zimbabwe leader] Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate.”

Glenn said he was sorry for having included the Star of David among a list of offensive symbols.

“I would like to apologise for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world,” he said.

Glenn said he would personally apologise to the Jewish Leadership Council.



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