Riding for a fall?

While the club and the authorities are finally taking a stand against the anti-Muslim xenophobia among Beitar fans, no one seems to have any answer to the team’s struggles on the field.

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February 28, 2013 15:45
Beitar Jerusalem's Dominik Glavina.

Beitar Jerusalem's Dominik Glavina 370. (photo credit: Adi Avishai)

 
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Beitar Jerusalem always knew that the signing of two Muslim players wouldn’t pass by quietly. However, when owner Arkadi Gaydamak, chair- man Itzik Kornfein and coach Eli Cohen made the decision to bring in Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev from Chechen club Terek Grozny, they surely never imagined it would prove to be so costly.

No one can put a figure on the damage caused to the club’s reputation around the world following the racist chants by a faction of its supporters, the raising of banners reading “Beitar pure forever” and the burning down of part of the team’s headquarters in Bayit Vagan.

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