A member of the ruling family in the United Arab Emirates has bought a 50% stake in one of Israel’s top football clubs – Beitar Jerusalem, some of whose fans are notorious for anti-Arab prejudice.
The move by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan comes three months after the UAE became the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic ties with Israel.
Beitar Jerusalem is the only club in the Israeli Premier League never to have hired an Arab player.
Our Middle East correspondent, Tom Bateman explains.
Brian Viner is the Editor-in-Chief for Call Centre News Fior Reports. Viner cover Business and Commodities news. Prior to joining Call Centre News Fior Reports, he was a columnist on The Independent. Besides being a hardcore reporter, he is the author of seven books – all non-fiction. Viner is married to the novelist Jane Sanderson; the couple has three children.