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Monday, October 17, 2005

'Casual culture' grips Israeli football

It seems that European countries like Britain, Germany and Holland aren't the only ones having problems with hooligans shouting racist abuse and inciting violence. There are more and more reports of Israeli 'firms' gaining in numbers and influence.

Soccer, the national sport seems to continue to nurture violence as was the case during a match on Sunday between Betar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin, an Israeli Arab team.

The match was held in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium under a relatively heavy police presence.

Twenty-three fans were taken into custody during the match, which was accompanied by racist slurs and anti-Arab epithets, perhaps a potent indicator that the racial tensions existing in Israel are present everywhere, not just in the political arena.

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