Jerusalem soccer fans rioted following a 3-0 defeat at their home stadium against the Arab team Bnei Sakhnin on Saturday night, the Ynet news website reported.
Fans of Beitar Jerusalem pelted the Sakhnin players’ buses with stones, breaking windows and hitting some players. Twelve people were arrested.
Bnei Sakhnin is based in the Israeli Arab town of Sakhnin, and most of its players and fans are Israeli Arabs. The club has a traditional rivalry with Beitar Jerusalem, some of whose supporters are known for anti-Arab chanting during matches.
Beitar is the only major Israeli team not to employ Arab players, and the behavior of its fans has gotten the club into trouble with league authorities, The Associated Press reported last month.
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