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Sheikh from the Emirates acquires shares in Israel club Beitar Jerusalem - is there a threat of racism scandal?

The Arab Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahjan from the Emirates has acquired shares in the Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem. Spicy: The club has a racist fan group that Arabs reject. The project aims to bridge the disputes.

A member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates has acquired a 50 percent stake in the Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem. The club, which is loosely connected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, announced on Monday.

The deal could symbolize a fundamental change in relations between the Emirates and Israel. It was made possible by the historic agreement to establish diplomatic relations with which the Emirates recognized Israel as a state in the first place.

The deal is particularly noteworthy because a number of Beitar fans are notorious for being openly racist and the club has so far refused to have an Arab player on their team. A small fan group called "La Familia" made monkey noises when playing against teams with African footballers and, as soon as an Arab player was on the ball, shouted "Death to the Arabs".

Entry is "new and exciting light"

Team owner Mosche Hogeg said that the arrival of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahjan symbolizes a "new and exciting light. Together, the club will lead to new days of coexistence, success and brotherhood for the benefit of our association, the community and the Israeli community Sports ".

Al Nahjan said he was excited to partner with a "glorious club" that he had heard so much about. He described Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is controversial internationally even after the recognition given by US President Donald Trump.