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Israeli soccer club renames itself after US President Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Jerusalem 

One of Israel's most famous clubs has renamed itself Beitar 'Trump' in honour of US Donald Trump's "courageous" decision to relocate the from to

In an announcement, ahead of the official opening of the new US embassy, Beitar said it wanted to pay tribute to Trump's "courageous move," reported.

In a statement published on on Sunday, the club said, "For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition until Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Trump has shown courage and true love of the Israeli people and their capital.

"The football club Beitar Jerusalem, one of the most prominent symbols of the city, are happy to honour the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own," the club said.

Beitar, a six-time champion, is no stranger to controversy, the report said.

The club's hardcore fans, known as "La Familia," routinely chant anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slogans during matches, for which the team has previously been penalised, it said.

Beitar, which has never signed an Arab player, had its offices torched by supporters after signing two Muslim players from club Terek Grozny, based in Chechnya, in 2013.

Since announcing his decision to move the from to Jerusalem, Trump has become the namesake for a number of subjects in Israel, including parks, streets, and a planned high-speed rail station near the in the Old City, the report said.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:35 IST