Germans fans call Israel soccer player 'dirty Jew'

By BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPOND
February 28, 2012 19:08

Berlin - Right-wing extremist soccer hooligans called Israeli soccer player, Itay Shechter, a "dirty Jew" on Sunday. The outbreak of anti-Semitism in the soccer stadium prompted a wave of criticism and coverage in the German media.

Germany's football federation (DFB) will not tolerate anti-Semitic or racist attacks after a small group of people verbally abused Israeli player Itay Shechter during a Kaiserslautern training session, the DFB said on Tuesday.

The incident took place on Sunday, a day after relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern's 4-0 defeat at Mainz 05 left them in 17th place, level on points with bottom-placed Freiburg.

A small group of people attended training, shouted anti-Semitic insults at Schechter and did the Nazi salute. A few hundred fans had met with players and officials to discuss the club's sporting situation.

Reuters contributed to this report


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