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London - Jewish Soccer Team Suspended for Fielding Fake Jews

Published on: February 15, 2011 10:28 PM
By: The Jewish Chronicle / SWNS
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They suspended Holy Mount Zion after proving Mariusz Mielniczuk (pictured), and Javier Guevara played under false names.They suspended Holy Mount Zion after proving Mariusz Mielniczuk (pictured), and Javier Guevara played under false names.

London - A football team has been suspended from a Jewish league for fielding players from other religions under fake names – after the deception was exposed on Facebook.

Holy Mount Zion were playing in the Maccabi Southern Football League when the referee officiating the match became suspicious.

He heard players officially registered under the names of Danny Potter and Simon Laub being called ‘Mariusz’ and ‘Javier’ by their team-mates.

Eagle-eyed league chiefs investigated and discovered the men’s Facebook profiles under their real names.

They suspended Holy Mount Zion after proving Mariusz Mielniczuk and Javier Guevara played under false names.

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Rival clubs playing in the London league have called for the team to be ”expelled” and accused them of bringing a ”disservice” to Jewish football.

League chairman David Woolf said: ”The club came to a meeting and admitted that they had been telling lies.

”The league is concerned that the club is not to be trusted. They’re doing the Jewish community a disservice.”

HMZ manager Rob Lerner told weekly newspaper The Jewish Chronicle he fielded the players because his squad was too small.

He said: ”I didn’t have much choice. I had to, it is the only way I could get a team out.”

He confirmed that the players knew they were playing under false names and were ”not 100 per cent comfortable with it”.

FA qualified referee Nigel Burns was officiating a match between HMZ and Faithfold on January 31 when he heard players call each other by ”non-Jewish names”.

When Nigel challenged ‘Danny Potter’ and ‘Simon Laub’ after the game one of the players claimed that Mariusz was his ”nickname”.

Two days later HMZ manager Lerner identified the players as Danny Potter and Simon Laub in a photo caption for The Jewish Chronicle.

The scam was rumbled when league chiefs spotted the same pictures being used as Facebook profile pictures by Polish personal trainer Mariusz Mielniczuk and Colombian banker Javier Guevara.

Six HMZ players have now been asked by the league to prove their ”Jewish origins”.

Players under suspicion include university researcher Luigi Minale, 28, from Milan, Jaime Augusto and Millan Quijano, from Colombia and Guri Singer and Andres Tamayo.

HMZ has now been banned from playing any more games and the results of many of their fixtures could be rendered void, throwing the league into chaos.

Managers of other MSFL sides have called for HMZ to be expelled.

Simon Beresford of Faithfold C said: ”I think it’s absolutely disgusting what they have done.

”They have shown a complete lack of respect towards the Maccabi League and all of the clubs and people involved with it.”

Team JLGB manager Robert Silverman said: ”If they have fielded unregistered players on a number of occasions, they should be expelled.”


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 Feb 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM Anonymous Says:

This is a shanda....there are so many outstanding young players in the heimeshe community who play football in London that there is no need to recruit goyim.

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 Feb 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM Anonymous Says:

This has to be the most disgusting thing I have ever read - what is Jewish football? What service does this do to klal Yisrael, particularly making a chillul Hashem with pointless racism

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 Feb 15, 2011 at 11:02 PM Moone Says:

This is typical racism, forming a jewish team, and only accepting the chosen ones. This is not a yeshiva and has nothing in common with either the jewish religion or it's culture.

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 12:16 AM MASHBAK1 Says:

They should have used names like "Hector Chalavim" or "Morris Ayin"

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 04:09 AM Chaim_Ben-Yehuda Says:

The sponsor of the football league - the "Jewish Chronicle" - is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Keeping kashrus is essentially Jewish, but playing football is ecumenical in its nature.

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 05:38 AM its why people hate us Says:

we are often accused of being clannish. many european teams have jewish roots or were popular with jews (ajax in the netherlands for example and a couple of teams in the ukraine i know of) even the israeli team has non jewish players.

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 07:24 AM DB Says:

Reply to #5  
Moone Says:

This is typical racism, forming a jewish team, and only accepting the chosen ones. This is not a yeshiva and has nothing in common with either the jewish religion or it's culture.

What's with the righteous indignation? We have yeshiva basketball leagues, summertime bungalow baseball leagues & where I live winter flag football Fridays. They are open to anyone who wants to join providing they fit the requirements.........

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 08:00 AM Anonymous Says:

How are they going to prove their "Jewish origins"??? Like the Nazis did?

Throw the team out of the League, ban the manager for life, & move on.

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM Reb Yid Says:

It's OK...they underwent IDF conversions

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

This has to be the most disgusting thing I have ever read - what is Jewish football? What service does this do to klal Yisrael, particularly making a chillul Hashem with pointless racism

"what is Jewish football? "

That would be football - or soccer for us normal people in the USA - in a "jewish" league.

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 Feb 16, 2011 at 07:37 PM StamfordHillyBilly Says:

I knew an old man who lived on my road who did the same thing. He wasnt Jewish but grew up in the East End of London back in the 1930's amognst the Jews so all his friends were Jewish, so that he could play football with them he registered with Maccabi under some Jewish name and they never knew the difference. Whilst it is never good to lie, it is hardly a bug crime, or going to cause a real halachich issue such has intermariage or bushul akum.

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