German football team Eintracht Frankfurt disciplines antisemitic fans

German football team Eintracht Frankfurt has denied that large numbers of its supporters barracked an Israeli referee with chants of “Jewish pig,” as the club announced that it was taking action against four fans for antisemitic incitement.

Orel Grinfeld — an Israeli FIFA match official who took charge during Eintracht’s 3-0 victory over French club Racing Strasbourg in their Europa League qualifying match — was subjected to chants of “Judensau,” or “Jewish pig,” after he sent off Eintracht forward Ante Rebić just prior to half-time.

One spectator at the match, local politician Markus Eichmann, said he had witnessed a large number of home fans gathered in the “Kurve” section of the Eintracht stadium taking up the chant. Green Party MP Omid Nouripour, who chairs Eintracht’s fan club in the German parliament, also said he had spoken with witnesses to the antisemitic chant.

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