Why Are Fans of Israel's 'Most Racist' Football Club Chanting Against The UAE and The Muslim Prophet?

Published December 7th, 2020 - 07:43 GMT
Why Are Fans of Israel's 'Most Racist' Football Club Chanting Against the UAE and the Muslim Prophet?
Angry fans of the right-wing football club wrote slogans like "Death to Arabs", "Mohammad is Dead" and "F*** Dubai". (Twitter: @fqadi)

News of discussions between a private businessman from Abu Dhabi and the Beitar Jerusalem FC for a possible UAE investment in the club has angered many of the club's Israeli fans, as they expressed their rejection of any possible deal by spraying offensive slogans against the UAE, Arabs, and Muslims on the walls of the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

The club's fans who are known for their racist and anti-Muslim stances responded with an opposition of any possible deal, as soon as news of discussions between the club and a UAE-based businessman rumored to be Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan went viral.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the interest of the Emirati businessman, a cousin of the UAE president, is a result of years of friendship between him and the club's owner", Moshe Hogeg.

In their response to the angry slogans of offensive chants against Dubai, Arabs, and the Muslim Prophet, the official Twitter account of the Beitar Jerusalem FC took the chance to express their support for the deal, saying "such hostilities make it even more important for a UAE-Israeli partnership in the club".

Previously, fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC were accused of racism after chants against the Russian-Chechen Muslim player Zaur Sadayev, who was loaned to the club between 2012-2013. After a goal Sadayev scored for their club in a match against Maccabi Netanya, fans chanted "we are the most racist club in Israel", before leaving the stadium halfway through the game, in protest of having the Muslim player on the team.

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