Be­tar face fan ban

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL

BE­TAR Jerusalem have been or­dered to play two matches be­hind closed doors af­ter their fans were found guilty of of­fen­sive chant­ing at a re­cent game.

Be­tar, who are renowned for hav­ing the most volatile sup­port­ers in Is­rael, booed the name of Yitzhak Rabin and chanted the name of his as­sas­sin, Yi­gal Amir, dur­ing a minute’s si­lence on the 12th an­niver­sary of Rabin’s mur­der be­fore a match at Mac­cabi Haifa.

The Is­raeli cham­pi­ons will ap­peal and claim that this is part of a sys­tem­atic vic­tim­i­sa­tion of the club. But Yitzhak Shanan, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the New Is­rael Fund who Head’s Is­rael’s Kick Racism Out of Foot­ball cam­paign, said that he was dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised by the be­hav­iour of the Be­tar fans.

Shanan said: “Only a week be­fore, a sur­vey was pub­lished which showed that nearly half of Ortho­dox Is­raelis be­lieved that Amir did not mur­der Rabin.”

Mean­while, Is­rael’s Pre­miere League bas­ket­ball matches were can­celled af­ter a Hapoel Holon fan threw a fire­work on to the court dur­ing a match with Hapoel Jerusalem. The de­vice in­jured a se­cu­rity guard who had to have three fin­gers sown back on.

PHOTO: DAVID KATZ

Be­tar fans will not be able to show their true colours for two matches

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