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Published on Nov 24, 2015
Beitar Jerusalem is a symbol of rightwing Israel. But in 2012-2013 the club signed two Chechen Muslim players, enraging Beitar’s hardcore fans, La Familia, some of whom sing of being racist. Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian Some of Israel’s political leaders find La Familia embarrassing. But do they simply reflect a wider problem facing Israel – a polarised society?
The two Chechen players left Beitar Jerusalem at the end of the 2012-2013 season, and have returned to playing football in Chechnya.