Soccer match in Argentina turns violent amid fans’ chants of ‘killing the Jews to make soap’

(JTA) – A soccer match in Argentina descended into violence when fans of a team playing against a squad associated with Jews chanted about “killing the Jews to make soap.”

Supporters of the All Boys squad in Thursday’s match against Atlanta, a professional Argentine team founded more than a century ago in a Jewish neighbourhood, chanted as they waved Palestinian flags and T-shirts bearing Iranian symbols.

Atlanta won the match, 3-2, triggering violence by the All Boys fans. Some spectators entered the locker area for cover until police arranged for them to exit the stadium safely.

All Boys fans also assaulted police, destroying property at the stadium.

“The Argentine Football Association must sanction the club for this anti-Semitic offence,” Shimon Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for International Relations, wrote in a statement Friday.

Atlanta has several Jewish players, as well as members of its administrative staff. Police are investigating the incident.

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