Fans shout at Betar Jerusalem match 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Police arrested an additional suspect on Wednesday in connection with the
February 8 arson attack against the management offices of Beitar
Two suspects had been arrested on Tuesday. One of those
suspects and the suspect arrested on Wednesday both admitted they were involved
in the arson.
The three men, all members of the hardcore Beitar fan group
La Familia, are in their 20s and from southern Israel. On Wednesday, the
Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended their remand for several
Police added that the men admitted that the arson was in response
to the soccer team’s hiring of Chechen Muslim players Gabriel Kadiev and Zaur
Sadayev, a move that has been the subject of harsh criticism from more extreme
members of the Beitar fanbase. One suspect also said that the arson was planned
out for some time and was not a spontaneous act.
Police said they expect
to make more arrests in the case.