(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Betar Jerusalem climbed one place to 11th position in the Premier League
standings on Wednesday after the Israel Football Association disciplinary High
Court accepted its appeal and cancelled the one-point deduction it was handed
two weeks ago for the racist chants shouted by its fans at Hapoel Tel Aviv
midfielder Salim Toama last month.
The disciplinary court upheld the NIS
60,000 fine and the two-point deduction suspended sentence until the end of this
season, while also handing the team a separate two-point deduction suspended
sentence for the 2011/12 campaign.
“Betar’s management and players call
upon the fans to cease all racist chants,” a club press release read. “The team
faces a two-point deduction for any similar offense and anyone who loves Betar
Jerusalem does not shout racist chants.”