Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Grantland – The Beitar Soccer Team’s Problem with Racists

Recently did an illustration for an article on Grantland about the Betair (Israeli Premier League) soccer team's ongoing struggles to successfully integrate non-Jewish players, specifically two Muslim players from Chechnya, with a small but vocal faction of their fan base called La Familia, a proudly racist group who wants their team "pure".  In the past, ownership has bowed to these angry voices and traded those non-Jewish players away. The banner in the illustration reads "Beitar Forever Pure". It is held up and displayed during games when they play. However, recently ownership has held firm to the idea that religion of the soccer field doesn't matter and have withstood a barrage of pressure, ending the season without a trade.


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