Netanyahu slams ‘small group of Beitar fans who harmed Israel’s image’ with Belgium riots

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday condemned "a small group of Beitar Jerusalem fans" who "besmirched an entire fan base and harmed the country’s image" after taking part in alleged rioting in Belgium.

Netanyahu released a statement on Friday after huddling with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in order to determine ways in which the state will prosecute Beitar fans who hurled flares and engaged in fisticuffs with locals in Belgium before and during a soccer match.

Police and customs agents at Ben-Gurion Airport in Lod beefed up their forces on Friday as they awaited the arrival of hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans on Friday who are alleged to have caused a number of disturbances in Belgium.


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