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Arson Attack on Israeli Football Team That Signed Muslim Players

Employee of Beitar Jerusalem holds up a shirt that was damaged along with other items in a suspected arson attack in Jerusalem

Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

(Reuters)

A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team’s recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the fire, which caused no injuries, caused “extensive damage” to the premises next to the team’s main training grounds. Reuters television footage showed trophies and other memorabilia were destroyed.

“Initial findings show the blaze was caused by a number of suspects” and police were investigating a possible link to protests over the team’s signing up of two Chechen Muslim players last month, Rosenfeld said.

The Israel Football Association (IFA) said that soccer’s world governing body FIFA had requested clarification following racist chanting by fans at a league fixture last month against the Chechen players.

A Jerusalem court had indicted four fans on Thursday for involvement in that incitement, police said.

The club has also been disciplined for that incident and were ordered to close the Teddy Kollek Stadium’s 7,000-seat eastern grandstand, where hard core supporters sit, for five matches. They also received a 50,000 shekels ($13,500) fine.

Beitar are a bastion of Israel’s political right wing and the only leading team in the country never to have signed an Arab player because of fan pressure.

They have the worst disciplinary record in Israel’s Premier League. Since 2005, Beitar have faced more than 20 hearings and have received various punishments, including points deductions, fines and matches behind closed doors.

Related:

-Four Beitar Jerusalem fans indicted for racism

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  • Tanveer Khan

    Thanks mindy :D

  • Tanveer Khan

    *Stiffens* Here’s a tissue sir. The dust here is very thick isnt it? And thank you sir. I will put the alliance first. World domination is more important than sentimental celebrations for weaklings. I shall be sending you the file on my new idea soon Emir. *Salute*

  • mindy1

    Happy birthday :D

  • Solid Snake

    ……..(sniff sniff)…No I am not crying!….(wipes face) I am merely here to congratulate you on your hard work and service to the Alliance. Oh and a happy birthday too. Return to your duties after celebrations. (-_-)/ *salute*

  • Tanveer Khan

    Thanks Garibaldi :D

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Happy Birthday Tanveer!!

  • Tanveer Khan

    That is no problem at all Herr David, thank you for your kind words in these tough times. ( As a birthday present is it possible you could send me a few immigrants? I have had an idea.)

  • Tanveer Khan

    Thank you very much Emir J_S-B

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Happy Birthday indeed unfortunately it’s difficult to send a card from the top secret European head quarters of the alliance ( just off the A689 Rookhope bypass in County Durham) as we ran out of stamps.

    Sir David

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Tanveer:

    According to the Mestizo-Islamic-Jewish Alliance’s files, today is your actual birthday, correct? Happy Birthday, my co-conspirator!

  • mindy1

    *gigglesnort*

  • Tanveer Khan

    Forgive my bashfulness Emir. Give me the order and i will immediately cut out my tongue with jelly. The Mestizo-Islamic-Jewish Alliance…I see. Very clever. The Great One’s intelligence is out of this world.

  • Solid Snake

    Stay your tongue, young one. Do not call Him simply as “Danios”. The Great One is currently preparing for our next campaign. We are in talks with the Elders of Zion, we are reforming our old confederacy, the Mestizo-Islamic-Jewish Alliance.

  • Talking_fish_head

    the team should not play any match until these barbarians are under control

  • mindy1

    :( the only thing they should be angry at is the opposing team they are fellow citizens, they should be treated as such.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Daaiiiiim.
    BTW Totally unrelated to this but where is Danios?

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