Wiesenthal Center Outraged at Argentine All Boys Football Club Antisemitic Behaviour

November 22, 2018

Statement

Buenos Aires, November 22

 

Yesterday, at the All Boys stadium, the local fell to Atlanta, a team from Villa Crespo, a neighborhood of the City of Buenos Aires, which was once densely populated by the Jewish Community.

Since matches are played without a visiting public, All Boys supporters displayed Palestinian flags to provoke and began with anti-Semitic chants, forcing Atlanta players, directives and journalists to take refuge in the locker room until the police could guarantee them a safe exit. Even so, the fans attacked the police causing physical and material damage.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Center´s Director for International Relations said  "All Boys ultras had turned  to violence and anti-Semitism”. He noted that “they had been hired by Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. The Argentine Football Association must sanction the club for his anti-Semitic offense.".

Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Center´s Representative for Latin America concluded: "It is increasingly evident that clubs, athletes and federations - in this case the AFA - must adopt the 11-Point Program against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia in Sport, developed by our institution, which has the auspices of the Organization of American States, the unanimous support of the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and was declared by the City Council of Buenos Aires as Interest in Promotion and Defense from the human rights. We are always available to the AFA to be able to generate a real improvement in these issues

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +33609770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +549 11 49695365.

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