Kiké Hernandez’s name can read like an anti-Jewish slur. Here’s how to fix that.


(JTA) — Last night was rough for a Chicago Cubs fan like myself. After watching my beloved team win the World Series last year — the team’s first championship in 108 years, mind you — I was hoping to see the talented young squad do it again.

Sadly, it was not to be.

Things already weren’t looking good for the Cubbies going into Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the fifth in this year’s National League Championship Series. Chicago had lost the first three games in the best-of-seven series, and their Game 4 win did not produce much hope.

And then came Game 5, in which the Dodgers absolutely crushed the Cubs 11-1, cementing a place at the World Series, which begins next week.

But last night was doubly awful for another, unexpected reason.

After Dodgers left-fielder Enrique Hernandez hit a grand slam in the third inning — making it nearly impossible for the Cubs to recover — a strange phenomenon took over my Twitter and Facebook feeds: It seemed like suddenly every Dodgers fan had turned into an overt anti-Semite, posting some variation of the word “kike” (usually with a capital “K”).

KIKE HERNANDEZ!!!!! GRAND SLAM!!!! His 2nd homer of the game & it’s 7-0  

It was jarring, to say the least. But after some googling, I learned that Hernandez usually goes by his nickname, Kiké (pronounced “KEE-kay”). Kiké is a common nickname for Enrique, which itself is a common name for Puerto Rican men like Hernandez.

When reading the name in English, that accent over the “e” is pretty essential — otherwise it doubles as a derogatory, racist name for Jews. The accent, which is not typically used in Spanish spellings of the name, first started to appear in Hernandez’s name during broadcasts when he was in the minors. “Teams started using it to avoid controversy,” Hernandez has said. “If you don’t read it in Spanish, it can be offensive.”

Hi if you’re going to tweet about Kiké Hernández:
1. please for the love of god put an accent

This all makes sense, of course. Nevertheless, seeing my social media feeds filled with excited exclamations of “Kike!” was upsetting — especially in the current political climate, in which neo-Nazis can be seen marching in the streets of American cities chanting, “Jews will not replace us!”

Hernandez would go on to make history as the first player to hit three home runs and record seven runs batted in during a league championship series game — so, naturally (and rightfully!), his name buzzed around the internet through Friday morning.

As for me, now that I’ve recovered — somewhat — from last night’s disastrous game, I’ve realized what the real problem is: Not enough Americans know how to type out the accent mark on their computers or phones. But there are easy fixes for that. No matter what types of devices you use, here’s what you need to know:

If you’re typing on a Mac computer: Hold option, then hit e. The accent mark will appear over a blank space, and then all you need to do is type the letter you want it to appear over. Voilá.

If you’re typing on a PC: Hold Ctrl, then hold ‘, again followed by the desired vowel (so, ctrl + ‘ + a = á). There are also shortcuts, like Alt + 0233 for é.

If you’re typing on an iPhone: Hold down the vowel you’d like to use until a window pops up with every accent mark available to you. (Ever wish to type “coöperation” the way the New Yorker does? That’s how!)

If you’re typing on an Android phone: Same as iPhone, hold down the vowel until a window pops up.

And there you have it. With the addition of one simple step, we could be well on our way to world peace. Or, if not quite world peace, at least fewer panic attacks from Jewish people every time Kiké Hernandez scores a run.

As for the Cubs … well, there’s always last year.


Questions and answers about Colin Kaepernick’s (Nigger) grievance

Let’s assume that Colin Kaepernick is better than several quarterbacks – backups, and even starters – who have managed to find jobs on NFL rosters this season.

(He is.)

And let’s also say that teams refused to sign Kaepernick not because he isn’t good enough, but because he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America.


It still isn’t enough for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to win the grievance he filed against the NFL on Sunday. To prove collusion, Kaepernick will need hard evidence that owners worked together – rather than decided individually – to keep him out of the league.

”We come to the distinction between collusion and what each individual team does as a matter of its business interests,” said Alfred Yen, who teaches sports law at Boston College Law School.

”If it turns out that all (32) teams have it in their business interest to do the same thing, so be it,” he said. ”After all, all teams have it in their interests not to employ me as their starting quarterback. And that’s OK.”

The grievance claims NFL owners – egged on by President Donald Trump – agreed to blackball Kaepernick from the league ”in retaliation for (his) leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

It calls the league’s behavior regarding Kaepernick ”suspicious,” ”unusual” and ”bizarre.” But the seven-page document does not give any examples of how NFL owners worked together to keep him out.

And that’s precisely the challenge of any collusion case.

The league declined to comment on the grievance to The Associated Press on Monday except to refer to previous statements by Commissioner Roger Goodell in which he insisted that ”there are 32 different decisions” made by individual teams.

”The things we are always about are meritocracy and opportunity,” he said in September. ”I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin. Those are decisions that are made by football people.”

Here are some other issues raised by Kaepernick’s grievance:

Q: How did we get here?

A: A second-round draft choice out of Nevada, Kaepernick took over as 49ers starter midway through the 2012 season and led San Francisco to the Super Bowl that year. The team returned to the NFC championship game the next season, but then sank in the standings. Since Thanksgiving of 2014, it has had four head coaches while winning eight of 44 games.

In 2016, Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest the shootings of unarmed black men by police officers. After the season, he opted out of his contract with San Francisco and became a free agent. No other team was willing to sign him, even as Brian Hoyer, Scott Tolzien, Tom Savage, Mike Glennon and DeShone Kizer all found work as starters, only to be benched.

Q: So, does that prove collusion?

A: Not quite. The CBA says specifically that the decision not to sign a player – even if he’s better than an alternative – is not proof of collusion. Instead, there must be evidence of an agreement between one team and ”the NFL or any other club” that influences an individual team’s decision making.

What’s more, Kaepernick will need to prove to a neutral arbitrator – University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Stephen Burbank has served in the position since 2011 – by a ”clear preponderance of the evidence” that collusion occurred. This is a higher standard than in a normal civil case, Yen said, but still short of the criminal burden of ”beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Q: Is there any precedent for what Kaepernick is claiming?

A: Before the practice was prohibited in collective bargaining agreements, teams routinely worked together to keep player salaries down. Another, more pernicious form of collusion was the ”gentlemen’s agreement” among owners that banned black players from baseball until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.

In the 1980s, baseball owners were found guilty of colluding in three straight seasons to suppress salaries for a group of free agents that included future Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Paul Molitor and Tim Raines. Teams claimed they were allowed to share information as long as they didn’t set artificial prices; an arbitrator disagreed and granted the players $280 million and ”new-look” free agency.

Steroid-tainted slugger Barry Bonds was less successful when he claimed that teams blackballed him in 2008, the season after he broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record. Bonds said he would play for the major-league minimum, and he offered statistics that showed he was worth much more. But baseball’s arbitrator said he needed hard evidence of teams working in concert.

Q: What if Kaepernick’s grievance fails?

A: Like Tom Brady before him, Kaepernick could go to federal court to argue that football’s arbitration system was fundamentally unfair. But Kaepernick faces two challenges that Brady didn’t in the drawn-out ”Deflategate” scandal that ended with his four-game suspension being upheld.

First, Kaepernick has to deal with the precedent set in ”Deflategate,” which declared unambiguously that the federal courts should not interfere in the NFL’s collectively bargained arbitration process.

Second, Kaepernick’s grievance will be heard by a neutral arbitrator instead of Commissioner Roger Goodell. While that gives him hope for a receptive audience, it also eliminates one of the key grounds for a potential appeal.

”It’s a different ballgame when you’re in front of somebody who can go either way,” Yen said. ”If he doesn’t win in front of these folks, I wouldn’t fancy his chances in front of the federal courts.”

Jewish coach leads Colombia national soccer team into World Cup

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Led by its Jewish Argentine coach, Jose Pekerman, Colombia’s national soccer team will play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 1-1 draw against Peru last week in the final round of matches in the CONMEBOL South American group.

Pekerman was born in Villa Dominguez in the Argentine countryside, one of the main centers of Jewish immigration to the country. His grandparents came from Ukraine.

As an adult, Pekerman lived in the Buenos Aires Jewish neighborhood of Villa Crespo.

Pekerman, a former midfielder with the Argentine national team, took over as Colombia’s coach in January 2012 and led Colombia’s return to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 following a 16-year absence from the world championships of soccer’s governing body. In June 2016 he led Colombia to a third place in the prestigious Copa America, held in the United States.

In more than five years as the coach of “the cafeteros,” or coffee makers, Pekerman has skippered 70 games and accumulated more wins than ties and losses: 38 versus 17 and 15, respectively.

Pekerman is the only Jewish member of a team participating in the FIFA World Cup for the second year in a row, albeit from the bench.

Court clears way for NFL’s 6-game suspension of Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (Nigger)

FRISCO, Texas — A federal appeals court cleared the way Thursday for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.

The NFL announced that the suspension was effective immediately, though further appeals were possible and the Cowboys are not playing this weekend.

“We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days,” Elliott’s attorney Frank Salzano said.

The Cowboys don’t play again until Sunday, Oct. 22, at San Francisco. If Elliott’s legal team can’t put the suspension on hold again, he would miss next Sunday’s 49ers game, plus games against the Washington RedskinsKansas City ChiefsAtlanta FalconsPhiladelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. He would be eligible to play again on Nov. 30 at home against Washington, a Thursday night game the week after Thanksgiving.

Elliott played the first five games while the case was in the courts. He rushed for 393 yards on 105 carries, an average of just 3.7 yards. He led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards last season as a rookie.

A federal judge in Texas issued the injunction blocking the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players’ union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league’s standout running backs.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league’s labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete.

“The NFLPA is reviewing the decision and considering all options,” the players’ union said in a statement Thursday. “The appellate court decision focuses on the jurisdictional issues. The failures of due process by the NFL articulated in the District Court’s decision were not addressed.”

The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players’ union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of New York. The NFL filed in that federal court after Elliott’s appeal through the league was denied by arbitrator Harold Henderson last month. But a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Elliott’s lawyers still have the option of refiling in Dallas or fighting the suspension in New York, a decision they are discussing now.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott in August after the league concluded — following a yearlong investigation — that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

Elliott’s legal team filed the lawsuit on his behalf in the Eastern District of Texas before Henderson had rejected the appeal. The 5th Circuit agreed with the NFL’s claim that the filing was premature.

“The procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA were not exhausted,” Judges Jennifer Elrod and Edward Prado wrote for the majority. “The parties contracted to have an arbitrator make a final decision. That decision had not yet been issued.”

In dissent, Judge James Graves disagreed that the suit was filed prematurely. Graves noted the union’s argument that the league had violated the collective bargaining agreement because key information had been withheld from Goodell and Elliott’s representatives before the suspension was ordered and the arbitrator’s decision was based on incomplete information. The suit was properly filed in the district court because the arbitration process called for in the labor deal was not properly followed, Graves argued.

The NFL had already agreed to let Elliott play in the opener before his request for an injunction was granted by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, north of Dallas. Henderson ruled against Elliott the same day Mazzant heard arguments over the injunction.

The NFL filed in the New York court because it is the home of league headquarters and was the site of Elliott’s appeal hearing with Henderson.

In the Elliott case, league attorneys wrote to the 5th Circuit that the union’s lawsuit had resulted in “hopelessly doomed proceedings” that shouldn’t continue.

The NFLPA has argued that Mazzant had jurisdiction because Elliott exhausted his appeal before filing the lawsuit when Henderson rejected requests for the testimony of Goodell and Thompson. Elliott’s attorneys also say the NFL violated the labor deal by withholding key information from Goodell and Elliott’s representatives.



Israeli football fans will be welcome in Qatar should their team qualify for the 2022 World Cup, or so the Gulf state said on Monday.

Hassan al-Thawadi, the leader of the country’s World Cup organizing committee, was pointedly asked by a New York Times reporter: “Should Israel qualify, would the team and its fans be welcome?”

Al-Thawadi replied, “Everyone is welcome. It’s a simple answer: everybody is welcome.”

More than 1.2 million soccer fans from all over the world are expected to pour into the tiny country in what many fear will be a huge culture clash for a Muslim country.

But Mr. al-Thawadi said drinking alcohol would tolerated, as long as it was not in public.

He said, “We’ve always said it very clearly: alcohol will be allowed. But it won’t be allowed in public spaces. It’ll be allowed in certain designated areas, for example, but you won’t be allowed to walk the street drinking alcohol.”

British-educated al-Thawadi also sought to allay fears that gay people might not be welcome, given the strong condemnation in parts of the Arab world of homosexuality.

He added: “It’s a simple thing. Everyone is welcome to Qatar. What we ask is that when people come, just to respect – we’re a relatively conservative nation. Public display of affection is something that’s not part of our culture. So all we ask is that every fan who comes in, and every fan is welcome, is we ask that people respect that.”

He predicted that the passion for football which exists in the region would see fans rise above any political differences between Qatar and its neighbors.

“We’re football crazy,” he said. “I mean the Middle East, the Arab world, is football crazy, plain and simple. You go to any corner, whether it’s in Qatar, whether it’s in Saudi, whether it’s in Morocco, and start speaking football, and you will find a very, very deep cauldron of passion and knowledge.”

The last time Israel competed in a World Cup was in 1970 in Mexico, when they failed to get past the group stage.

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones reignites protest conversation in NFL

DALLAS (AP) Now that Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys has become the first NFL owner with a public suggestion of repercussions for displays during the national anthem, players are opening up more about the delicate balance of team chemistry and politics in the locker room.

And they’re not necessarily slamming the powerful and outspoken Jones for suggesting his players will be benched if they disrespect the flag.

”He’s the owner. Either you listen or you don’t,” Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said Monday. ”And if you don’t listen, then you won’t play. It’s all up to each and every individual.”

Jones was responding Sunday night to questions about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem. President Donald Trump tweeted after Pence’s walkout that he had told his vice president to leave if any players kneeled.

On Monday night, Trump also tweeted his support for Jones.

”A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag,” the president tweeted. ”`Stand for Anthem or sit for game!”’

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement early last season when he sat on the bench, and later kneeled, during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males. He remains unsigned and wants to resume his career.

The 74-year-old Jones, also the team’s general manager, said after a loss to Green Bay on Sunday that the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and said any Cowboys doing so will not play.

They were the most provocative comments so far from Jones, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the NFL and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who had already been clear in his support of standing for the anthem.

The NFL players’ union had a swift rebuke Monday. Executive director DeMaurice Smith said Jones contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without reprisals.

”I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing,” Smith said. ”We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue.”

Many of the NFL’s 32 teams have held meetings in various forms to discuss the issue since Trump said more than two weeks ago during a rally in Alabama that owners should fire players who kneel for the anthem.

In some cases, teams have struggled with their responses.

After Trump’s criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to stay off the field before the anthem. But Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive lineman, stood at the edge of a tunnel with his teammates in darkness behind him during the anthem two weeks ago.

Villanueva said he was not making a political statement or defying his teammates, calling it a misunderstanding that was ”very embarrassing on my end.”

Miami coach Adam Gase recently created a team policy requiring players either to stand or wait in the tunnel. Three chose to stay off the field Sunday at home against Tennessee – Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas. All three have kneeled in the past.

Asked why he was responding to questions on the topic after previously declining to comment, Gase said, ”Because I thought it was time for us to address it.”

After several meetings over two days before a Monday night game in Arizona two weeks ago, the Cowboys and Jones kneeled arm-in-arm before the anthem. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked. Otherwise, the Cowboys have stood on the sideline.

The Denver Broncos decided two weeks ago that they would stop kneeling after coach Vance Joseph met with his leadership group. The Broncos stood before their most recent game against Oakland, with linebacker Brandon Marshall raising a fist. Denver was off Sunday.

”We just feel like as a team, it’s bringing more negative attention … than it is positive,” safety Justin Simmons said. ”So, we made our point the one time we did it. The awareness of the social injustices are out there.”

During their bye last week, Atlanta players and coaches had a discussion mediated by a representative from the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. Falcons owner Arthur Blank invited the outside perspective, and the team has decided to stand during the anthem.

”There’s no policy that was written or spoken about,” coach Dan Quinn said. ”It’s more one that was really in the heart of brotherhood, that what we do, we’ll do it together.”

Jones isn’t the only owner who feels strongly about players standing for the anthem, but there have been no indications of teams requiring their players to stand. Mara has told Giants players he wants them to stand but supports their right to do otherwise.

”As a team we’ve had our talks about it and we’re good to go,” said Redskins running back Chris Thompson, among several Washington players to deny reports that they are required to stand. ”Our ownership, we’ve all talked about it. I think on our end, we’re good.”

Israeli soccer fan arrested after rushing Spanish player with knife


Six Israeli fans were arrested Monday night in Jerusalem after they rushed the field and one of them approached a member of the Spanish national team carrying a knife.

Israel’s national soccer team fell 1-0 to Spain in the home game that marked the final match in Israel’s failed bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Immediately after the game, the six fans rushed onto the field. One of them separated from the group and rushed toward Francisco Suárez, commonly known as Isco, a Real Madrid midfielder who plays on the country’s national team.

As the Israeli fan approached, the knife fell from his hands.

He was apprehended by police before reaching Isco.

There is no immediate word from police about the fan’s intentions.

Israel’s 1-0 loss against one of the world’s finest teams brought to an end a troubled season, despite a well-played game.

Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored the only goal of the match in the 76th minute, with a brilliant kick following a corner, struck with his right foot from well outside the penalty area.

The ball curved into the net centimeters from the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Ariel Harush.

The first half had been fairly lackluster, in a match that made no difference to the final standings, with neither team summoning the drive to make a serious attempt on goal.

However, the Spaniards encamped at the Israeli goal in the second half, threatening with runs, corners and crosses until they finally put the ball in the back of the net.

Israel immediately pushed back, spending several minutes in the Spanish half. Spain found the net again three minutes from time, but the goal was disallowed because the striker was offside.

In the final half minute, Israel squandered a chance to equalize.

The game was held at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, which was packed with a capacity crowd.

The outcome of the match had no bearing on either squad’s World Cup fortunes, with Israel knocked out of contention, finishing fourth in Group G, and Spain having already secured its spot next year in Russia at the top of the group.

Despite high hopes among Israeli soccer fans that the national team would make it to the World Cup for the first time since 1970, the bid ended in failure and frustration, notably characterized by the suspension and subsequent resignation of the squad’s captain Eran Zehavi after he tore off his captain’s armband in the final minutes of a vital qualification game that Israel lost to Macedonia last month.

Israel notched only three victories during its campaign, two against Lichtenstein and the other a 3-0 win over Albania last November. The match against Albania was played under tight security measures after police reportedly busted a group of 15 people in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia who were planning an attack during the game near the capital Tirana.

Ex-girlfriend leaks video of Dolphins coach snorting drugs after owner backs Trump’s anthem tantrum


A model leaked video of a Miami Dolphins coach snorting what appears to be cocaine as revenge for the team owner backing President Donald Trump on player protests.

Kijuana Nige, a Las Vegas-based model, posted the video late Sunday on Facebook showing offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting lines through a $20 bill inside Dolphins offices before a team meeting, reported the Miami New Times.

“The white people mad at me like I forced blow down this mans nose and like I recorded it on tha low,” she said after the video went viral. “No those are his habits and he recorded himself and sent it to me professing his love. So quick to make excuses for him but will roast a minority player over an anthem, dog fights, weed, domestic issues etc. But y’all keep saying ALL LIVES MATTER STFU‼️”

“If his ass was black they would be dragging him thru the (mud) face 1st,” she added.

Nige said she used to date Foerster, who has coached 34 years in the NFL for several teams.

“I think about you when I do it, I think about how much I miss you, how hot we got together,” Foerster says in the video. “How much fun it was, so much fun. Last little bit before I go to my meeting. I wish I was licking this off your p*ssy.”

Nige posted the video on social media hours after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reversed his position on player protests.

Ross told a Miami Herald columnist that he disagreed with players kneeling for the National Anthem since Trump had made the protests “about patriotism.”

“It’s a different dialogue today,” Ross told the columnist. “Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different. [The president] has changed that whole paradigm of what protest is. I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag.”

Trump sent Vice President Mike Pence to Sunday’s game between Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers with the order to leave if players kneeled — which some did.

Foerster resigned Monday morning to focus on “getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”

FIFA fines Germany for Nazi chants at World Cup qualifier

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA fined the German soccer federation 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) on Monday because fans chanted Nazi slogans at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic.

The range of “improper conduct” charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague, FIFA said.

German officials said the offensive fans did not buy tickets through official channels. Germany’s next away World Cup qualifier is on Thursday in Northern Ireland.

About 200 German supporters chanted slogans during their team’s 2-1 win and verbally abused one of the scorers, Timo Werner.

FIFA also fined the Czech federation 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,150) for crowd disorder.

FIFA’s attempts to crack down on fans chanting gay slurs saw seven national federations fined for incidents.

Argentina was ordered to pay 65,000 Swiss francs ($67,000), Panama 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,500), and Hungary 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600). Other fines were for Chile (35,000 Swiss francs; $36,000); Ecuador (20,000 Swiss francs; $20,600), Brazil (10,000 Swiss francs; $10,300) and Mexico (10,000 Swiss francs; $10,300).

Uruguay’s federation was fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,750) for “insulting chants” by fans at a home qualifier against Argentina.

FIFA imposed fines of 45,000 Swiss francs ($46,400) on the soccer bodies of Iran and Ukraine.

Iran was sanctioned for incidents at a home game against Syria, including a “pre-match ceremony with religious chants” and improper conduct by fans.

Ukrainian fans were guilty of discrimination with chants and banners at a home game against Turkey.

European federations fined for discriminatory behavior by fans included Romania and Montenegro (each 25,000 Swiss francs; $25,750) and Serbia (20,000 Swiss francs; $20,600). Romania is also banned for one World Cup qualifier from using the National Stadium in Bucharest.

Nigeria was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,000) for fan disorder at a 4-0 home win over Cameroon.

A ball boy being sent off counted in a charge against Honduras for failure in match organization against the United States, and resulted in a 5,000 Swiss franc ($5,150) fine.

Gabon was ordered to forfeit a qualifying game against Ivory Coast as a 3-0 loss. However, Ivory Coast — which leads Group C in Africa — already won the September 2 game 3-0 in Libreville. Gabon was fined 6,000 Swiss francs ($6,200).

DirecTV Delivers Devastating News to NFL

If you really want to get someone’s attention, hit them where they feel it: Their wallet.

That’s exactly what many football fans are doing to the NFL in the wake of the growing disrespect by playersduring the national anthem.

In an unprecedented turn of events, one of the biggest premium TV providers in the nation has just made a stunning announcement: They’re providing full refunds to customers who cancel their NFL Sunday Ticket packages because of the protests.

The ESPN network — hardly a bastion of conservatism — confirmed on Tuesday evening that DirecTV is altering its own policy which normally prevents package cancellations after a sports season has started, and will return the full amount of money for any viewer who wants to cancel their NFL bundle.

Those viewership packages allow die-hard sports fans to watch games that are outside their local viewing area, and run about $280 per season.

DirecTV’s surprising move came after President Donald Trump spoke out about professional players who kneel or make other disrespectful gestures during the national anthem.

Over the weekend, one team refused to even leave the locker room or face the United States flag while the anthem played, while dozens of players acted out in other ways.

Unsurprisingly to anybody but the league, red-blooded Americans were not happy.

“At some stadiums, fans booed the players. Others took to Twitter to say they were canceling their Sunday Ticket subscriptions,” ESPN reported.

It seems like tone-deaf liberals — including millionaire sports players who believe everything is about themselves — have completely lost touch with the rest of country.

Just like left-leaning news networks before them, sports leagues have been hiding in their own echo chambers for so long that they have no idea how frustrated millions of citizens are with their hurtful antics.

They’re about to have a serious wake-up call, and groups like the NFL will have no choice but take notice when their revenues begin deflating faster than a Tom Brady football.

Free speech does not shield people from the consequences of disrespectful and asinine actions. Now that one of the biggest broadcasters of football games is giving refunds, teams will re-think their priorities… and patriotic Americans will be the ones left standing tall.

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