Beitar Jerusalem players 521.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Beitar Jerusalem’s first training session ahead of the 2013/14 season was
overshadowed on Monday by violent scenes at Bayit Vegan.
fans attended what is usually a celebratory occasion and the vast majority
cheered the depleted squad, which is still being rebuilt by incoming owner Eli
Tabib, who is set to officially be approved as the club’s new boss this
However, after the players returned to the dressing room, a group
of fans swore, spat and threw rocks at ’keeper Ariel Harush and midfielder Dario
Fernandez, attacking them for their support of Chechen Muslims Dzhabrail Kadiyev
and Zaur Sadayev last season.
Harush and Fernandez required a police
escort to leave the complex, with the Argentinian seriously considering leaving
the club due to the incident.
“Beitar Jerusalem strongly condemns the
violence of part of the team’s fans towards Ariel Harush and Dario Fernandez,” a
club press release read.
“We are appalled at the [treatment] towards the
Such behavior has no place in sport or any other aspect of
The club supports Harush and Fernandez who have been a symbol of
loyalty and professionalism throughout their time at Beitar.”