Magazine article The Spectator

Barom E T E R

Magazine article The Spectator

Barom E T E R

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Playing the penalty A wag once suggested that 'Jewish Sporting Legends' would be the world's shortest book. But it is an Israeli who is credited with creating a sporting institution that has given rise to a great number of legends, most of them at England's expense.

- In 1968 journalist Yosef Dagan watched his national team go out in the quarter finals of 1968 Olympic football competition to Bulgaria as a result of the drawing of lots after a 1-1 draw. Outraged, he wrote to Fifa, football's governing body, suggesting the penalty shootout now familiar to fans.

- It was first used in a major competition between Everton and Borussia Monchengladbach in the European Cup of 1970-71. Astonishing as it might seem now, the English side won.

- The idea of a penalty shootout was not entirely Dagan's idea, however: penalties had been used to decide matches in the Yugoslav Cup since 1952.

Home side David Cameron caused outrage by suggesting that under-25s should live at home with their parents rather than be paid housing benefit. …

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