Israeli police set to arrest arriving Beitar Jerusalem fans for Belgium rioting

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 17, 2015 16:35

Police and customs agents at Ben-Gurion Airport in Lod are awaiting the arrival of hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans on Friday who are alleged to have caused a number of disturbances in Belgium.

Beitar Jerusalem's 5-1 loss to Sporting Charleroi on Thursday had to be delayed by three minutes at the start after Jerusalem fans threw multiple flares onto the pitch and ended with the Charleroi goalkeeper laying on the grass with his head in his hands after being struck by an object which seemed to have come from the Beitar stand right behind his goal.

The Beitar supporters were also involved in several skirmishes outside the stadium ahead of the encounter and the club is likely to be punished by UEFA in the coming weeks.

Beitar’s Europa League campaign is set to come to a close next week following the humbling defeat to Charleroi in the first leg of the second qualifying round in Belgium.


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