Betar face fan ban
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.
Betar fans will not be able to show their true colours for two matches