A moment after the amendment to the Sports Law was approved, the racism and violence report for the summary of the 2021/22 season of the program "Kicking racism and violence off the pitches" was published today (Monday), which presents a picture of what is happening in the stands at the Premier League.
According to the main points of the report, after the end of the corona restrictions on the pitches, there was a sharp increase in cases of fan riots in the stands - break-ins, pitching objects on the grass, stopping games following the throwing of smoke grenades and flares.
Also, as every year, a number of serious cases of violence were recorded.
In addition, last season saw a dismal record of 110 fan riot incidents and throwing objects onto the pitch, the highest number since measurements began in 2000, and 21 fans' burglaries were reported on the pitch during a game.
The "peak" of racism songs are Maccabi Tel Aviv (17 readings) and Betar Jerusalem (9 readings). At the same time, there was a sharp increase in the number of Holocaust songs played in the stands, especially among Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa fans. A Holocaust for Maccabi. "
110 fan rioting events and throwing objects, Photo: Ami Shumen
Maccabi Tel Aviv was found guilty in the Football Association's court 26 times during the 2021/2022 season of the Premier League, followed by Hapoel Tel Aviv (25), Betar Jerusalem (24), Maccabi Haifa (20), Bnei Sakhnin (17) , Maccabi Netanya (16) and Hapoel BS (15).
Maccabi Tel Aviv has been prosecuted 5 times for racist chants, followed by Betar Jerusalem (3) and Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (once each).
It was also noted that for the first time this year, a group was prosecuted for homophobic calls (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and charged.
As you may recall, last week an amendment was made to the law that states that homophobic statements on football fields are now a criminal offense.
In addition, the "rape song", which constitutes severe verbal violence against women, returned to the stands of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The unusual incident of police violence that occurred in the game between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa at the Sami Ofer Stadium during the season was also noted in the report.
Gal Karpel, the program's coordinator, said: "After a period of corona restrictions, it seems that the authorities have lost control of what is happening in the football stands. I welcome the fact that there is a law designed to improve enforcement. However, make sure the law does Fertile ground for weekly clashes between police and fans. "
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