Israeli soccer coach under fire for ruling out Arab players on Beitar roster

April 15, 2015 00:21


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Comments made by Beitar Jerusalem coach Guy Levy saying he feels it would be wrong for the team to sign an Arab player at this time caused a storm in Israeli soccer on Tuesday.

In an interview with 102FM radio station on Monday, Levy didn’t mince words and said he wouldn’t bring aboard an Arab player as it would create “unnecessary tension” and would result in more harm than good.

He claimed he wouldn’t even sign Israel international Bibras Natcho as he is a Circassian Muslim and his addition would cause an unwelcome stir among some of the club’s supporters.

“It isn’t that I have any objection to any particular nationality or faith, but if it heightens the tension it will only cause damage so there is no point,” said Levy.

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