Nazi chants during soccer game in Germany

Monday, October 09, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Players from the Jewish soccer club TuS Maccabi of Berlin from the sixth regional amateur league in Germany were the subject of numerous anti-Semitic chants and left the pitch in the 78th minute in their match against VSG Altglienicke from eastern Berlin.

The players complained to the German soccer administration and claimed that the referee refused to intervene when fans and even a few players shouted at them slurs such as, “gas the Jews,” “Auschwitz is coming back,” and “Fuehrer, Fuehrer.”

TuS Maccabi chairman Tuvia Schlesinger said his club was upset that the host team later accused Maccabi players of provoking the abuse.

"It's scandalous that they're turning this around and saying Maccabi players tried to provoke them," Schlesinger said on Friday. "It's dismaying that no one intervened and tried to stop it."

Referee Klaus Bruening said in his post game report that he did not hear any anti-Semitic chants although Maccabi players had repeatedly complained to him about them.

"Because I did not hear anything myself, I could not do anything," Bruening wrote in his report. He said he gave Maccabi captain Vernen Liebermann two yellow cards for repeatedly criticizing him.

Berlin soccer federation (BFV) president Bernd Schultz said his organization would issue racism guidelines to referees and clubs this month.

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