Beitar Jerusalem have strong links to the country's political right, and the club's hardcore supporters — known as “La Familia” — are staunch protectors of their values. As such, there was outrage in January when the Israeli Premier League side signed striker Zaur Sadayev and defender Dzhabrail Kadiyev, who are both Chechen Muslims.
The decision by Beitar president Arkady Gaydamak (father of not-very-popular-on-the-south-coast-of-England former Portsmouth owner Alexandre) provoked so much displeasure among La Familia that the clubs offices were burnt down when they signed.
Sadayev and Kadiyev, who are two of only five non-Israeli players ever to play for the club, are routinely booed and jeered by home fans during matches at Teddy Stadium. During Sunday night's match with Maccabi Netanya, 23-year-old Sadayev scored his first goal for the club. The Independent describe what happened next:
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Beitar’s best player, the Argentinian Dario Fernandez, jumped on Sadayev’s shoulders and