Thursday, October 6, 2016

Italy: National soccer team fined for anti-Semitic fan behavior

At the time of the incident, I saw comments claiming the perpetrators were Israeli Arabs and not Italians. Whichever way, those fans chose to express their anti-Israel feelings by giving the Nazi salute and spitting on religious Jews.

Via Jerusalem Post:
The international soccer governing body FIFA slapped a more than $30,000 fine on Italy’s national soccer team for the anti-Semitic behavior of some of its fans at a match in Haifa.

FIFA fined the Italian team 30,000 Swiss Francs, or about $31,000, for the “improper and discriminatory” behavior of team Italy fans who gave the fascist salute during the playing of the national anthems ahead of the Italy-Israel match held in Haifa on September 5.

“A fine is never good news, but I am very proud to have raised the case on our portal,” said a spokesman for the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, which had first brought attention to the incident on its news website,

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