Italian national soccer team fined for anti-Semitic fan behavior

FIFA fines Italian side 30,000 Swiss Francs for “improper and discriminatory” behavior of fans who gave fascist salute during Italy-Israel match in Haifa.

By JTA
October 5, 2016 14:40
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Israel v Italy - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel . (photo credit: REUTERS)

The international soccer governing body FIFA slapped a more than $30,000 fine on Italy’s national soccer team for the anti-Semitic behavior of some of its fans at a match in Haifa.

FIFA fined the Italian team 30,000 Swiss Francs, or about $31,000, for the “improper and discriminatory” behavior of team Italy fans who gave the fascist salute during the playing of the national anthems ahead of the Italy-Israel match held in Haifa on September 5.

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“A fine is never good news, but I am very proud to have raised the case on our portal,” said a spokesman for the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, which had first brought attention to the incident on its news website, www.moked.it.

A FIFA committee later this month is set to issue recommendations on whether to allow Israeli teams to play in West Bank venues, following a complaint filed by the  Palestinian Football Association, accusing its Israeli counterpart of violating FIFA rules by holding games without permission on the territory of another member group.


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