September 16 – Beitar Jerusalem have confirmed they are in talks with a potential investor from the United Arab Emirates following days of speculation.
“This is an opportunity to turn Beitar Jerusalem into a dominant club … that will represent, in addition to football, a concrete symbol of the new winds of peace that are blowing in the Middle East,” wrote Beitar in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Abraham Accords were signed at the White House in Washington DC to mark normalisation agreements between Israel and the both the UAE and Bahrain.
The Israeli top flight clubs didn’t provide any detail on the prospective deal or investors, but reports suggest Sulaiman Al-Fahim, a UAE businessman with interests in real estate, could be involved in the negotiations.
Beitar’s club owner Moshe Hogeg will fly to the Abu Dhabi to pursue the negotiations, the Beitar statement said.
Beitar are controversially the only club in the Israeli Premier League never to have signed an arab player. Their fans have traditionally aligned themselves with extreme right wing politics in the country.
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