ISRAEL STRIKER Itay Shechter 390 (R).
(photo credit: Reuter)
Israel striker Itay Shechter was the target of Nazi salutes from fans of his own
team Kaiserslautern during the German club’s training session on
Kaiserslautern spokesman Christian Gruber said on Monday that
around five fans, of over 100 in attendance, chanted anti-Semitic slogans while
attending the session, a day after the struggling side suffered a 4-0 Bundesliga
defeat at Mainz.
Shechter did not notice the incident, but Kaiserslautern
informed the police and is looking for witnesses.
“There is no place for
racism at Kaiserslautern. We will make sure that these guys are punished,”
Kaiserslautern president Stefan Kuntz said.
“They are members of the
hooligan scene who have been previously convicted and serve stadium bans,”
Shechter, who joined Kaiserslautern from Hapoel Tel Aviv on
a four-year contract last summer, was not called up for Israel’s international
friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday as he’s recovering from
However, he arrived in Israel on Monday to be with his wife, who
is expecting the couple’s first child.
Shechter has so far scored three
goals in 19 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, which is kept off the bottom
of the Bundesliga standings only due to Freiburg’s inferior goal
In Premier League action on Monday, Hapoel Haifa picked up
three precious points in the battle against relegation with a 1-0 victory at
Haifa took the lead in the eighth minute through the
ever-impressive Ali Khatib, with Yuval Avidor doing all the hard work, surging
down the left flank and squaring the ball for the midfielder for an easy
Sakhnin, which could have moved up to third place with a win,
found itself in real trouble five minutes later when Kostadin Hazurov was sent
off following a reckless challenge on Yossi Dora.
However, Haifa striker
Vladimir Gluscevic handed the hosts a lifeline in first half stoppage time when
he was shown a red card following a tussle with Sakhnin’s Idan
Nevertheless, Haifa comfortably held on for the win, which
takes it up to 12th place above Hapoel Beersheba, three points in front of Betar
Jerusalem and the relegation zone.
“This is a very significant win for
us,” Haifa coach Tal Banin said. “We did what we had to do tonight and I think
that we are on the right track.”
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