Knesset member calls to ban Arab-Israeli football team

Miri Regev wants to ban premier league side Bnei Sakhnin after fans were seen waving Palestine flags at a recent match.

Knesset member calls to ban Arab-Israeli football team

World Bulletin / News Desk

Miri Regev, a parliament deputy for Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s governing party, has called for the banning of Bnei Sakhnin, an Israeli premier league football team based in the Arab town of Sakhnin, after fans waved two small Palestinian flags at a recent football match.

Calling the incident ‘unacceptable’, Regev vowed to introduce legislation at the Israeli Knesset government to get the team banned. However, Regev failed to note that during the same match, supporters of the opposing Beitar Jerusalem team – which is well-known for its far-right fan base – burnt a copy of the Qur’an.

Beitar Jerusalem is the only team in the Israeli premier league to have never hired an Arab-Israeli player, in a league that has a very high proportion of Arab-Israelis. Beitar Jerusalem fans also attracted much criticism when fans chanted Nazi-like slogans at two Muslim players from Chechnya that the club had purchased.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2014, 14:03