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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Zaur Sadayev
The offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team were set on fire early Friday in an apparent arson attack, police said, a day after four of the club's fans were charged with anti-Muslim chanting at a recent game.
An apparent arson attack Friday on the offices of leading Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem has put a spotlight on longstanding concerns over growing anti-Arab racism among the nation's soccer fans.
Fans have rebelled, but decision-makers for a popular Israeli soccer club, Beitar Jerusalem, vow to push forward with plans to bring on board two players of Muslim faith.
An Israeli soccer club with an unofficial tradition of not signing Arab or Muslim players welcomed two Muslim-Chechen members Wednesday amid rising tensions from its fans.
"I'm happy I came here," said Sadayev, a 23-year-old forward signed from FC Terek Grozny. "And I will please the fans with my game."