Jews watching a football match in Italy were treated with raw anti-Semitism by fans of the Italian team, which was competing with Israel.
Italian football federation President Carlo Tavecchio has “strongly condemned” a group of traveling Italy fans who gave fascist salutes before Monday’s 3-1 win against Israel in Haifa.
In a telephone call with the Israeli ambassador to Italy, Francesco Maria Talo, Italian football federation President Carlo Tavecchio said “we hope the relevant authorities can determine as soon as possible what happened and identify those responsible.”
Fans of the Italian team were also recorded booing during the Israeli national anthem, giving a Nazi salute and spitting on visibly religious Jews.
Police removed the culprits but did not arrest them, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The incident occurred during the national anthems of the 2018 World Cup qualifier and was reported on the Moked website, run by Italian Jews.
“The Israeli Football Association (IFA) will send the photos to the Italian federation with which we have a warm and brave relationship so that it can find and prosecute the sickening minority that wanted to tarnish the visiting fans, their team and their country,”the IFA said in a statement.
By: AP and World Israel News