Frankfurt FSV players celebrate after goal 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
BERLIN – The Frankfurt-based FSV second league football club terminated its
advertising contract with the Saudi Arabian airline “Saudia” because it refuses
to sell tickets to Israeli citizens. The Berliner Morgenpost reported on
Wednesday in an article titled “Second division Frankfurt ends sponsorship
because of anti-Semitism.”
“Despite the request of FSV for a statement to
the allegations, Saudi Arabia’s airline as a state owned airline, referred the
matter to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Berlin. For this reason, both sides
decided to cancel the contractual relationship,” said the FSV
According to the Berliner Morgenpost, the FSV’s director Clemens
Krüger said that the football club made a “mistake.” The Berliner Morgenpost
said that there was widespread coverage in the Internet about Saudi Arabia’s
alleged discriminatory policy against Israelis.
New York’s Mayor-elect
Bill de Blasio demanded that Saudi Arabia airlines be banned from New York’s
airports, because of the airline’s anti-Israel policy.
“No city in the
world has closer ties to Israel than we do, and yet Israeli citizens are being
discriminated against right here at JFK. It’s not only illegal; it’s an affront
to who we are,” said de Blasio, prior to his election victory.
reported his comments.
“We won’t stop with just exposing these
We’ll pursue this with authorities in Albany and in Washington
until Israeli nationals’ rights are respected,” he said.
German Jews and
a Jewish soccer club had criticized the contract between FSV and the Saudi
According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
president of the club Maccabi Frankfurt, Alon Mayer, said it is a slap in the
face and “I now see the previously highly valued club FSV with different
Alex Feuerherdt, a German Journalist who writes about
anti-Semitism and football, told The Jerusalem Post
on Wednesday “for Saudia
that would have an upgrade of its brand name” if the sponsor contract with FSV
had been approved.
Feuerherdt welcomed the FSV decision to terminate the
agreement with Saudia.