2 Muslim Chechens join Beitar Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -An Israeli football club which has an unofficial tradition of not signing Arab or Muslim players is welcoming two Muslim-Chechen players amid rising tensions from its own fans.
Beitar Jerusalem's fans, known for being anti-Muslim, chanted anti-Muslim slogans at a game last week and unfurled a sign protesting the arrival of Zaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev. Three fans were arrested for the behavior.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Sadayev said he was "happy'' to have come. Kadiev said he was "not afraid'' of threats from fans.
Jerusalem's mayor attended the conference, highlighting the gravity of the fans' behavior.
Police beefed up security at a game on Tuesday when Beitar played a team from an Arab town. Beitar's next game is on Sunday.