Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:21 PM
Redfairen (1,276 posts)
Fire Destroys Offices of Israeli Soccer Team That Recruited Muslims
Source: NY Times
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Friday condemned as “shameful” the recent protests by soccer fans here of their team’s recent recruitment of two Muslim players, hours after the offices of the team were burned in what the police suspect was an arson set by some of those fans.
The team, Beitar Jerusalem, has long been linked to Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party, and for 15 years has been notorious for racism and violence, including an incident last spring in which fans stormed a local mall chanting “Death to Arabs” and beat up several Arab employees. Founded in 1936, it is the only one of Israel’s professional soccer teams never to have recruited an Arab player.
The current controversy concerns the team’s addition of two Muslim players from Chechnya. Although one is injured, the other is expected to play for the first time in a match on Sunday against a team from Sakhnin, an Arab-Israeli town.
In anticipation of the Muslim players’ arrival, some fans unfurled a banner at the team’s Jan. 26 game saying “Beitar Pure Forever.” Some critics said the banner was reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s expulsion of Jews from sport, and it led to nationwide soul-searching.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/arson-destroys-office-of-israel-soccer-team-that-recruited-muslims.html?_r=0
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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:41 PM
iandhr (3,919 posts)
1. Terrible but not surprising.
There as always been racism coming the stands at soccer matches from groups of fans. Why FIFA has a "say no to racism campaign"
At Euro 2012 one of the targets was toward a black player on Czech national team.
Berlusconi's brother used a racial slur to describe Mario Balotelii.