Awat subjected to antisemitic abuse in Spain

By Simon Griver, December 14, 2009
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The Spanish FA will hold a disciplinary hearing for La Liga side Osasuna after Real Mallorca’s Israeli goalkeeper Dudu Awat was subject to antisemitic abuse in his side's 1-0 victory at the Navarro stadium in Pamplona on Sunday night.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo noted in his match report to the Spanish FA that the crowd chanted "Jewish bastard" every time Awat touched the ball, and that the fans only stopped their racist abuse in the second half following five requests over the public announcement system.

The fans waved Palestinian flags and also shouted "murderer" at Awat.

Awat was unfazed by the chanting, and said: "This happens to me every time I play here in Pamplona. It really makes me happy that we won."

The Spanish press recalled that similar racist chants were heard in previous seasons in Pamplona when Awat played against Osasuna for both Racing Santander and Deportivo La Coruna.

Awat joined Real Mallorca from Deportivo La Coruna last January when the islanders were struggling against relegation. The Israeli international keeper's good form helped Mallorca finish mid-table last season, while this year the team are placed fifth, and challenging for a top-four Champions League qualification place.

Last updated: 11:37am, December 14 2009