Beitar Jerusaelm FC team at its training grounds between Beit Hakerem and Bayit Vegan.
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No money for the naughty
The annual NIS 1.3 million that the Beitar soccer team gets from the municipality might be at risk. Following the appearance of a video in which one of Beitar’s current players is seen sexually assaulting a woman, city council opposition member Fleur Hassan-Nahoum (Yerushalmim) sent a letter requesting that Mayor Nir Barkat freeze the team’s budget. She feels that the team hasn’t done enough to punish the player involved. Guidelines for funds allocated by the municipality prohibit behavior that violates the city’s values regarding racism, vandalism and violence. Barkat has condemned the video, but is leaving the soccer club’s management to decide how to react.The video incident occurred before the player joined the team and the player has apologized and expressed regret.