Revealed: the racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant
CHELSEA MANAGER Avram Grant has been the target of vile antisemitic abuse, the JC can reveal.
We have seen copies of emails sent to the Israeli, whose club last week distanced itself from claims by his agent that he had been a victim of race-hate.
One, full of mis-spellings, accused Grant of “having Palestinian and Arab blood on his hands”. Another branded his Israeli player Tal Ben Haim “a Jewish terrorist”.
Agent Pini Zahavi was reported to have told Ma’ariv newspaper last week that Grant had been the target of a hate campaign because he is Jewish and Israeli. He reportedly said: “They’re suck- ing his blood regardless of what he achieves.”
The club immediately dismissed Zahavi’s claims, “officially” distancing themselves from comments.
Zahavi later withdrew his claims, saying that he had been misquoted. He told our reporter in Tel Aviv: “What I actually said was that there are a hundred reasons why Avram is unpopular, the most important of which is that he replaced [Jose] Mourinho who was so liked and so successful.
“I then added as an afterthought that maybe, just maybe, it would not have been quite as bad if he were not Israeli and Jewish.
“I don’t think I even used the word antisemitism. Maybe I said it, but again as just one of 100 factors contributing to Avram’s unpopularity. Not one of the important factors.”
Grant was not the only recipient of such emails. Others have been sent to Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron, George Galloway and the JC.
Before the match against Manchester