The Shmooze

Star (of David) Wars in European Soccer

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Tottenham Hotspur players pose after a training session in San Jose, Calif., in July 2010. Credit: Wiki Commons/Allison Pasciuto

Are Italian police banning shirts and flags displaying the Star of David at a European soccer championship match to be held this week?

Both the London Jewish Chronicle and Haaretz reported over the weekend that a warning to fans appeared on the website of the Tottenham Hotspur team. The London club is about to face off against Inter Milan on October 20 in a European championship match, and the website warned that “police authorities have advised that those flags showing the Star of David will not be allowed access and may be confiscated.”

But the Italian authorities reacted quickly in denying the reports. Via Milanese local politician Emanuele Fiano, the police denied issuing such a specific instruction. “The Milan prefect, Gian Valerio Lombardi, with whom I have spoken, has denied that any Italian police authority has made any stipulation against banners bearing the Star of David,” Fiano said.

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