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Dutch Soccer Team Ditches Israeli Player for Abu Dhabi Match

By: JTA

A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi after agreeing to the emirate’s demand not to let in the team’s Israeli defender.

Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the soccer team Vitesse from Arnhem over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams.

Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They are now accepting the emirates’ Jew-hate. Cowardly.”

Pieter Omtzigt, a lawmaker for the CDA party, told Dutch media on Monday that Vitesse should behave like Dutch lawmakers, who refuse to visit places which try to dictate the make-up of parliamentary delegations.

Ester Bal, communications director for Vitesse, said the team “stays away from politics and religion. We have always done this. We are a soccer club.”

Management said in a statement that the decision to go to Abu Dhabi was made because “the team had obligations and wanted to prepare to the best of our abilities for future matches.”

The UAE in 2010 accused Israel of assassinating Hamas operative Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh. Israe was widely seen as responsible for the killing and never confirmed or denied its involvement.

 

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22 Responses to “Dutch Soccer Team Ditches Israeli Player for Abu Dhabi Match”

  1. Bear Klein says:

    No moral compass shown by Vitesse!

  2. These “international” matches are clearly worth nothing. There is no integrity to any team that would participate in this.

  3. Pedro Acosta says:

    Narrow minded…their loss.

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    Cowards. Hopefully they will lose badly.

  5. Zain Khan says:

    He was a rubbish player, hence they dropped him!

  6. Zain Khan says:

    He was a rubbish player, hence they dropped him!

  7. European cowardice got them Hitler. All cowards? Of course not, but there were enough then as now.

  8. Glenn S Todd says:

    Not only is the Vitessel team is a disgrace but the Israeli player should quit the team because they are cowards to stand up to the Dutch.

  9. Anthony Kent says:

    Should have taken Dan Mori with and seen what happens at passport control.

  10. Carolin Knox says:

    The team is probably rubbish. Fellow players

  11. Carolin Knox says:

    Should be like brothers.

  12. Typical Dutch behaviour. Always giving in to the biggest mouth, whether Arab or Jew.

  13. who the hell wanna travel to abu dhabi, unless you are racist bastard and meet your klan

  14. Yechiel Baum says:

    so much for team spirit and team loyalty.
    The player and his teamates should have resigned but obviously the sports idea just plays out to politics and anti-Semitism. Obviously the Dutch decision maker must have Nazi sympathizer in his genes. One should question what their parents did during the war?

  15. Again, not expected but not surprised. Sharing..totally agree with Shemaya..

  16. Now the US and Britain should ban all Muslim Arab immigrants too.

  17. Allen Miller says:

    Phuck the Dutch, and the Emirate’s!

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