Jerusalem's top Israeli football team renames itself after Donald Trump in honour of US embassy opening

The inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem takes place on Monday

Ben Burrows
Monday 14 May 2018 07:30
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Beitar have praised Trump's 'courageous' decision
Beitar have praised Trump's 'courageous' decision

Jerusalem's best football team has welcomed Donald Trump's decision to formally recognise the city as the capital of Israel by renaming themselves after him.

The US president announced the controversial step back in December to much criticism from Palestinian and Muslim opposition with the inauguration of the new US embassy in the city taking place on Monday.

And to commemorate the "courageous" decision Beitar Jerusalem have made the change.

"For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel," a statement read on the club’s official Facebook page.

"President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status.

"The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have decided to add to the club’s title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem."

Beitar are Jerusalem's best-known and best-performing team and have won the Israeli title on six occasions. They are currently second in the table.

It is not the first time they have courted controversy. Back in 2013 when they signed two Chechen Muslims fans verbally abused and spat at them before later setting the club's offices on fire.

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