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Berlin Football Association suspends players for antisemitic violence and death threats

The Berlin Football Association’s judicial review has found two FC Neukölln players guilty of antisemitic conduct against the Jewish team TuS Makkabi and has issued suspensions.

The review supported the decision to suspend a match that took place on 18th October 2015, when it emerged that an FC Neukölln player was threatening to commit murder by stabbing. The review noted that the player in question was likely referring to the recent wave of stabbings against Israeli Jews when he made his threats. The review also noted that the player was wearing an “I love Palestine” t-shirt at the time of the incident. He was suspended for ten matches.

A second member of FC Neukölln has been suspended for twelve games for punching a member of TuS Makkabi. He advised the review that he recognises his misconduct and apologises. The review did not consider it relevant that the same member of the Jewish team also received a headbutt from another FC Neukölln player.

The review fined FC Neukölln, issued penalty points and ordered it to cover the costs of the hearing.

This is the second time in recent months TuS Makkabi has been on the receiving end of antisemitic attacks from opposing teams. They received antisemitic verbal abuse from a player throughout their game against BFC Meteor 06 in August. The offending player had a history of racist conduct and was suspended until 2017.

Source: Jüdische Allgemeine