Police braced for climax of Israeli soccer showdown

By REUTERS
May 3, 2013 15:16




JERUSALEM - Israeli police will be out in force on Saturday for a tense relegation clash between Arab club Bnei Sakhnin and Beitar Jerusalem, bastion of the political far right, as the fiercest battle to avoid the drop reaches its climax.

Over 600 officers, including riot police, with surveillance balloons and a helicopter - unusual in the Jewish state where soccer violence is uncommon - will control proceedings around Sakhnin's Doha Stadium where both teams face the threat of going down.

An additional 150 club stewards means there will be one enforcer for roughly every 10 spectators at the club's small ground in northern Israel.

Fixtures between Sakhnin and Beitar, the only club in the top flight never to have employed an Arab player because of fan pressure, are always highly-charged.


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