Beitar Jerusalem faces decisive week

Beitar Jerusalem’s future is shrouded in doubt after the conduct of its fans in the Europa League qualifier in Charleroi, Belgium last Thursday drew condemnation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and resulted in owner Eli Tabib putting the club up for sale.

Tabib said he felt ashamed of supporters who threw smoke bombs, flares and firecrackers at the start of the second qualifying round first leg, while Netanyahu said the national image was at stake and ordered legal action against the Beitar fans.

Nine-man Beitar was thrashed 5-1 in the first leg tie – a match that was held up at the start when fans threw dozens of incendiary devices onto the pitch, enveloping it in smoke.


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