Middle East Politics Is No Game for Soccer Players

Sportspeople expounding from a political soapbox – like those demanding Israel not host the UEFA Under-21 tournament - tend to bring out the worst in me. But politicians on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide have also descended to the level of the playing field.

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In certain matters, I will always defer to the wisdom and knowledge of the soccer players of the English Premiership League. The skill, passion and...