On November 13, 2022, supporters of TuS Makkabi Berlin were attacked with anti-Semitism at a soccer game against CFC Hertha 06. Unfortunately, the incidents are not isolated cases: Jewish sports clubs are repeatedly affected by insults and open hatred by players, supervisors or spectators.
At the district league game, a Hertha 06 player threatened to set fire to an Israel flag and accused the referee of being "bought by the Jews". Another player gave the Hitler salute several times in the direction of the Maccabi spectators. The referee showed the red card and made a detailed report of the incidents.
In this case, there was a hearing before the sports court of the Berlin Football Association – in particular because of the unequivocal report of the referee. The club was fined €1500; the two perpetrators were banned for 2 years.
Alon Meyer: “MAKKABI Germany welcomes the clear signal against anti-Semitism after the incidents at the game between TuS Makkabi Berlin and CFC Hertha 06. Unfortunately, we have had to observe trivialization by the sports courts in similar anti-Semitic incidents in the past. We now hope that the sports courts will position themselves even more strongly against any anti-Semitism in the future and sanction it.”
The referee's awareness of the situation shows how important awareness and prevention are in order to be able to decisively counter anti-Semitism and discrimination in sport. They are the basis for a differentiated processing and sanctioning.
But not only referees can report incidents. Each individual can contribute to making our sports fields a place of togetherness - without discrimination and hatred.