Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Le'umi-National Union) and parliamentary aides Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel informed the police in the northern Israeli Arab city of Sakhnin that they intend to bring Israeli flags to Saturday night's game at Doha Stadium against Beitar Jerusalem. Tension is expected because of the volatile nature of the fans of the two clubs.
The three demanded that the police cancel their ban on bringing flags into the stadium, imposed out of concerns for disorder. Doctor Ben-Ari said, "It's time to put the Sakhnin fans in their place. We'll go to the stadium in Sakhnin to deliver the message that the state of Israel is the boss."