Israeli Soccer Player In Scotland And Wife Receive Death Threats, Antisemitic Slurs From Fans

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (VINnews) — Israeli soccer star Nir Bitton and his wife Bar received nasty and anti-semitic death threats and abuse after he was sent off during a crucial derby game between his club Celtic and their city rivals Rangers. The 29-year-old was shown a straight red card after he was judged to have denied a goalscoring opportunity when he brought down Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos in the 62nd minute of the Scottish Premiership clash.

The 29-year-old  was branded a “dirty Jew bastard” and a “Zionist rat” in social media posts after Sunday’s derby clash.

Bitton’s wife told followers later that she received “many” awful messages following the match.

Bitton was shocked by the tone of the messages, which even targeted her children (known as “wains” in Scottish).
Mr. Bitton, who was born in Ashdod, has previously spoken of his  frustration at the abuse he receives from Celtic fans because he is an Israeli.In 2016 he wrote on his Instagram that the trolls were “nothing but idiots” and said they accused him of supporting the killing of children.
“I’m all up for the banter but not when you guys texting my wife’s Instagram,” he said.
He continued: “As a father if you guys think I support the death of children or any human being then you are nothing but idiots!!!
“I’m getting abuse for a while so I just felt that I had to say that. Don’t mix football and politics, you are better than that.”

 


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