No games on Shabbat, Beitar Jerusalem announces

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Beitar Jerusalem soccer team announced that it will stop playing on the Jewish Sabbath.

The team’s new owner Eli Tabib made the decision to stop playing from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday in order to allow its religious and traditional fans to attend team home games, the team said in a statement issued Saturday.

Home games will be held on Saturday nights or weekdays, according to the announcement.

The team made headlines earlier this year when the signing of two Chechen Muslims led to fan protests and the torching of the team’s trophy room. Team fans also attacked several Arabs at Jerusalem’s Malha Mall earlier this year.