FIFA could demand Betar Jerusalem be shut down

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January 28, 2013 21:45




In an effort to avoid a recurrence of Saturday's racist behavior by fans, Betar Jerusalem will ask the Israel Football Association's disciplinary court to host Tuesday's State Cup match against Maccabi Umm al-Fahm in front of an empty Teddy Stadium.

Betar will stand trial at the IFA on Tuesday morning after supporters reacted angrily to owner Arkadi Gaydamak's announced that the club is set to sign Muslims Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev from Chechen club Terek Grozny, raising banners reading: "Betar [will be] pure forever" and singing anti-Arab chants during the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Bnei Yehuda on Saturday.

Jerusalem chairman Itzik Kornfein met with IFA chairman Avi Luzon on Monday and announced that Betar will request to be punished to play in front of empty stands on Tuesday in a potentially volatile showdown with Umm al-Fahm.

Luzon revealed during the meeting with Kornfein that FIFA and UEFA are following the happenings at Betar and could demand the club be shut down should the anti-Muslim bigotry in the stands continue.

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