Israel

Beitar Jerusalem finally tries to stand up to its hardline ultras

An experiment in combatting the most negative fan behaviors that could serve as a model to others (Samuel Patterson) The Israeli soccer team Beitar Jerusalem announced last Thursday that for the first time ever its players would walk off the pitch in the event of racist chanting by its supporters. Journalist Raphael Gellar reported that punishments …

Beitar Jerusalem’s La Familia gets rubbed out

47 soccer hooligans supporting Beitar Jerusalem were arrested across Israel in the state’s latest attempt to combat homegrown extremism Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem had been hoping last week to focus on its qualification run to the Europa League, after having successfully subdued already Bosnian and Cypriot sides. It had to deal with the aftermath of a …

Start Your AFCON Campaign With A True Howler

The week’s most absurd soccer moments By Sam Patterson Goalie Itumeleng Khune’s butterfingers gave Mauritania an early lead, and South Africa’s AFCON qualifying campaign went running face first into a brick wall. [source: streamable] We’re not quite sure what Michael Kokocinski, a defender for TSV Munich’s reserve squad (in the German 4th tier), was thinking with …