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Jewish Identity Scandal in British Soccer League

Soccer manager Rob Lerner of London’s Holy Mount Zion Team allowed non-Jewish players to play under false names while competing in the Maccabi Southern Football League, reports the Jewish Chronicle.

FIFA-qualified referee, Nigel Burns, became suspicious mid-match when he heard the players, officially Danny Potter and Simon Laub, refer to each other by their real names, Mariusz Mielniczuk and Javier Guevara. The former later claimed that Mariusz was only a nickname.

The ultimate realization came as the result of a photo taken by a JC photographer. When the British newspaper requested captions for the image, it was given the names Potter and Laub. The same images, posted by team members on Facebook, contradicted the information: the same two players were tagged as Mariusz Mielniczuk, a Polish personal trainer, and Javier Guevara, a banker from Colombia.

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