Football association to decide on Betar penalty

The Israel Football Association's supreme court will announce on Thursday its ruling on disciplinary action against the Betar Jerusalem soccer club following an incident at Sunday's Maccabi Haifa match at which Betar fans booed and jeered during a moment of silence for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The IFA's prosecutor has asked that Betar Jerusalem fans be banned from eight home games as punishment for Sunday evening's incident at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium. Betar chairman Eli Arazi said that if the IFA court ruled in favor of the prosecution's request, he would appeal to the High Court of Justice. The court began deliberations Wednesday afternoon as both right- and left-wing protesters gathered outside the building. Dozens of Betar fans and right-wing activists, led by extreme right-wingers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel, were demonstrating against the petition that the team be punished. Across the street, several left-wing activists identified with the Meretz political party were holding a counter-protest.