Re­vealed: the racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BYDANNYCARO ANDSI­MON GRIVER

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

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