A remand hearing is scheduled for Friday in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court for a 26-year-old fan of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club who was arrested, Thursday evening, on suspicion of holding up a banner reading "A pure Beitar forever!" at last Saturday night's game against Bnei Yehuda of Tel Aviv. The banner referred to opposition by some Beitar fans to a deal, approved this week, which brought two Russian Muslims to the team.
The fan was also accused of calling on other fans to come to Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium and join racist chants. Earlier a 17-year-old from a Jerusalem-area community was arrested on suspicion of holding up a banner with a racist message on it. Six fans have been arrested since Saturday night and police expect to make more arrests. A number of fans have been banned from attending games until the end of the 2014 season.