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A football match between a Jewish and Arab university society has been postponed amid claims that the Arab team felt ‘uncomfortable’ playing in the game.
Last night, Hapoel Hyde Park accused members of Leeds ArabSoc FC of ‘blatant antisemitism’ after the apparent snub.
The university Student Union is currently investigating the incident and the Jewish society has filed an additional complaint to the University.
Hapoel Hyde Park were scheduled to play against Leeds ArabSoc FC on Wednesday, November 1, as part of a regularly scheduled fixture.
On Tuesday night, the Hapeol team captain was informed that the match was being ‘postponed’ after ArabSoc approached the league organsiers.
Hapoel Hyde Park (pictured above) accused members of Leeds ArabSoc FC of ‘blatant antisemitism’ after the apparent snub
The Hapeol team posted their official statement on Instagram, claiming they were only told their game was off the night before it was meant to happen
The organisers then contacted Hapoel Hyde Park who were told the game was postponed to ensure both teams felt comfortable playing in the fixture.
In response, Hapoel accused ArabSoc FC of antisemitism, saying: ‘On Wednesday, 1st November, Hapoel Hyde Park was scheduled to play Arab society in the league, as a normal fixture.
'Unfortunately the night before the game was taking place, we were informed by their captain and the social sport department that they were postponing the game as some of their players felt uncomfortable playing us.
‘To us, this is a blatant act of antisemitism, with players refusing to play against us as the Jewish Society, with these same players happy to play a game at the exact same time and place on that Wednesday.
‘We condemn the actions of these players and are patiently waiting for the Union to conduct their investigation on the matter.
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