Shalom Life | July 23, 2015

Belgian Soccer Team to be Punished for Anti-Semitic Fans

Belgian Charleroi fans, who provoked Beitar fans last week using Hitler salutes and anti-Semitic chants, will earn the team a hefty fine and possibly removal from the league

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: July 22nd, 2015 in Sports » World

Belgian Soccer Team to be Punished for Anti-Semitic Fans

Photo: Beitar Jerusalem fans throwing smoke grenades onto the field in Charleroi, Belgium, July 16


After the anti-Semitic behavior taken by its fans last week against Beitar Jerusalem, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) will likely be taking punitive measures against the Belgian Charleroi team.

According to a Channel 1 News report, UEFA plans on summoning Charleroi group ownership for a hearing after their fans were seen taunting the Jerusalem team with Nazi salutes and anti-Semitic chants.

Some Beitar fans, enraged at the behavior of the opposing fans, responded to the provocations by throwing smoke bombs onto the soccer pitch.

In the chaos Charleroi’s goalkeeper was also hit in the head by an object likely thrown by a Beitar fan.

UEFA already plans to be fining Beitar over the behavior of their fans, who have repeatedly engaged in violent responses to anti-Semitism. However, the Channel 1 News report claims that the Cherleroi fine will indeed be higher than that of Beitar, due to their fans acting anti-Semitically – the repercussions of the event could even lead to Charleroi’s dismissal from the league.

After last week’s confrontation, Beitar owner Eli Tabib announced his “shame” at the behavior of his team’s fans, and revealed his intentions to sell the team due to their repeated infractions against league rules.

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