Last Wednesday, Nov. 21, the 3-2 triumph of the soccer team Atlanta over a team called All Boys in the third level Argentine soccer league which was played on the losing team’s field, fans, as well as losing coach Luis D’elía, rioted in the stadium as well as in the neighboring area of Buenos Aires, and clashed with police – sending 16 officers to hospital.
Atlanta was founded more than a hundred ago in a Jewish neighborhood and is associated with the local Jewish community.
According to the publication Enlace Judio, Marcelo D’alessandro, the security secretary of the City of Buenos Aires, told a local radio station: “The Atlanta players had been invited, and and in the middle of the event the hosts started insulting them with anti-Semitic messages. They even hung a flag of Palestine.”
Iranian T-shirts were also observed in the crowd, according to the report. But there was even more. During the match, an entire section of All Boys fans sang a song of unquestionable anti-Semitic content: “Ahí viene el Albo por el callejón, matando judíos para hacer jabón” (“Here comes Albo down the alley, killing Jews to make soap.”
D’alessandro said the All Boys court was shut down indefinitely and announced he requested the team be sanctioned by the league to play all of its 2019 games without an audience.
The All Boys soccer club has experienced a great growth in the last the years, when the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, led an event in there and paid 25,000 pesos for the pleasure.
Enlace Judio pointed to a link that has been revealed by police between Luis D’Elía, head of the Federation of Land, Housing and Habitat, which has been described as a “violent wing” of the Confederation of Argentine Workers, and Jorge Yussuf Khalil, who was investigated by late Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman in the AMIA attack. In a conversation taped by police, Khalil offers to help D-Elía mobilize people to official events and brags about paying 25,000 pesos to the All Boys club for an event.