Anti-Semitic messages target Israeli soccer player in U.K.

(JTA) — British soccer fans reportedly wrote anti-Semitic messages on the Facebook page of a local British club shortly after it hired an Israeli player.

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The slurs against Tal Ben Haim came last week, just days after he joined the Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League, according to a report in The Sun newspaper.

The authors of the anti-Semitic slurs used pejoratives. One comment asked how the team’s Moroccan Muslim midfielder could “live playing alongside a Jew.”

The messages have since been deleted.

A Queens Park Rangers spokesman issued a statement saying:“We are banning all posters who post anti-Semitic comments.”

Ben Haim plays for Israel’s national team. He  also has played for several clubs in the English premier league including Chelsea, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

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