Star of David slur storm grows for FA boss Glenn

DISCIPLINARY action was last night demanded against Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn... despite a second apology for equating the Magen David with a swastika.

The call came from the Manchester Jewish Soccer League, which has more than 300 registered Jewish players from teams in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.

The league say he should face the same action as players and football club officials.

Mr Glenns second apology came on Wednesday after a meeting with Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson, CSTs Dave Rich and members of the FA.

He said: I want to apologise again for the offence caused when I referenced political and religious symbols in football, specifically when I mentioned the Star of David.

I would like to make it clear to all of our clubs with Jewish players, coaches, officials and volunteers that the laws of the game do permit the use of the Star of David if it is used on the crest of a shirt.

However, a spokesman for the Manchester Jewish Soccer League said: The way this has been handled by the Football Association suggests that their rules and regulations are to be used for everyone except their own chief executive.

This is totally unacceptable.

And former chief executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein said: I dont think hes a very bright bloke.

I was as offended as anybody by those comments, but its for the FA to determine the right outcome.

MJSL chairman Paul Rose and vice-chairman Brian Myer are both trained to sit on FA anti-discrimination hearings as panel members, while the former is also part of the Manchester FAs regulations strategy group.

The storm broke after Mr Glenn said: We have rewritten Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK, but things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols it could be the Star of David, it could be the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt are the things we dont want.

He was forced to apologise a few days later and, despite the Campaign Against Antisemitism calling it weak, he told the Jewish Telegraph: Ive made my position clear.

The various people in the, as Ill broadly put it, Jewish community with whom I have interacted and I have met seem satisfied with it.

Mr Glenn did not respond to our request for further comment.

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