U21 EUFA cup in media

UEFA championship

When it comes to Israel, Norwegian media are in soccer mode, to the detriment of just about anything else.

I WOULD HAVE BOYCOTTED

Verdens Gang 2013 06 05 Sport’s pages

Knut Espen Svegaarden

http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/norsk/landslaget/artikkel.php?artid=10110942

Summary.

Footballer Tarek Elyonoussi, an immigrant from Morocco, born in 1988, and resident in Norway since the age of 12, states the would have boycotted Israel, had he been eligible to play on the Junior’s Team (which he is not, being two years too old). Mr. Elyounoussi is presently in the team of Rosenborg, in Trondheim. However, he says he will not criticize footballers who have left for Israel.

West Sahara, anyone?

 

HAS NEVER BEEN THINKING OF A BOYCOTT

Verdens Gang 2013 06 05 Sport’s pages

Marius Vik/Sindre Øgar

Not Online

Summary.

None of the players in the Norwegian team in the UEFA tournament have been thinking of a boycott, VG reports, after questioning a number of them. Interestingly, a number of those asked are Muslim or immigrant.

Quotes:

Harrieet Singh:

“I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time, and I have never thought of a boycott of the EC in Israel. We are soccer players, not a political party”.

Omar Elabdellaoui:

“I don’t interfere with the politics. I am here to play football. We are qualified for the EC and I am only thinking of that”.

Flamur Kastrali:

“We have not come here to think of boycotts or conflicts. We are here to play football. We trust in the UEFA, we are here to perform. Personally, I am Muslim; however, football is a sport to build bridges; we hope this is a great opportunity for Israel to solve the conflict”.

PALESTINE CAPTAIN WAS INCARCERATED FOR THREE YEARS

Verdens Gang 2013 06 05 Sport’s pages

Sindre Øgar

http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/norsk/landslaget/artikkel.php?artid=10103842

Summary.

Mahmoud Sarsak, of hunger strike fame, is struggling for a boycott of the UEFA EC in Israel, collaborating with the PalCom in Norway. He makes claims over Israeli crimes and brutality; stating his own bitterness, claiming Israel is bombing Palestinian sports facilities.

Conrad Myrland of pro-Israel MIFF refutes this, stating boycott of Israel is based on “false premises”.

Professor in sports sciences, and anti-Israeli activist, Gerd von der Lippe makes this statement:

“The Israeli legal system is so much better than in other Arab states (sic), since there is no verdict on him; this shows they have nothing (criminal) on him.

She also states the UEFA EC may be a contributing factor in his release, as “it would be bad PR to have Sarsak in jail during the U21 championship”.

ISRAEL IS CONDEMNED BY ALL AND SUNDRY

Dagbladet 2013 06 04

Lars Hojem Kvam

http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/06/04/sport/fotball/landslaget/drillo/u21-em_2013/27526932/

Summary.

Former National Team leader (and devoted radical and Marxist) Egil “Drillo” Olsen state he would have never set foot on Israeli soil, being in favor of a boycott.

Somewhat surprisingly, talkbacks to this article seem to be massively in Israel’s favor.

 

2 comments for “U21 EUFA cup in media

  1. de Bacle
    June 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Aftenposten report of the players on the Tel-Aviv beach:
    http://fotball.aftenposten.no/landslaget/article282490.ece

    “We need to drink a lot and not get sunburned. But it’s really nice here. People call Tel Aviv “mini-Miami,” I can see why. Those who say they will never come here should take the trip down here and see how it is, says [team captain] Strandberg”.

  2. : )
    June 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Waho de Bacle,

    I just drooped the first sentence but was going to post the rest, this is so positive and right of you : ) And I know McG was fishing for this kind of response, because that person is just good. I’m so happy for you de Bacle,
    hope to see you in Oslo ; ) Take care ; )

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