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Dutch football player under fire for shouting antisemitic words during celebration party of his Belgian club

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This is not the first time Club Brugge has been criticised for anti-Semitic chants. In April 2019, Brugge fans had chanted “Who doesn’t jump is Jewish”. In August 2018, Bruges fans also chanted “My parents burned Jews, because Jews burn better”.

Dutch football player Noa Lang from Belgiums’ Club Brugge Noa Lang is under fire after he was heard shouting antisemitic words in a video circulated on social networks.

‘’Liever dood in Sporting-Jood, (‘’Rather die than be a Sporting Jew’’)  he sang during a celebration party with his fans after his club won its 17TH Belgian football title by sharing a 3-3 win against Brussel’s Sporting Club Anderlecht.

Anderlecht fans are often called “Jews” by their rivals from Bruges. The same applies to the fans of Ajax Amsterdam, Lang’s former team.

This is not the first time Club Brugge has been criticised for anti-Semitic chants. In April 2019, Brugge fans had chanted “Who doesn’t jump is Jewish”. In August 2018, Bruges fans also chanted “My parents burned Jews, because Jews burn better”.

The video drew a reactions from politicians. The leader of the French-speaking liberal party George Louis Bouchez, who wrote on twitter that he expects an apology from the player and a sanction against the club from the Belgian football union. ‘’Associating the sworn enemy with the Jews. Drunk or not. I will never accept,’’ he said.

Also on Twitter, the co-president of the Green party Rajae Maouane condemned the player. “These words chanted with impunity are unacceptable. These calls to hatred must be firmly sanctioned. The fight against anti-Semitism must continue in the world of football and in society,” she wrote.

Faced with the controversy, Club Brugge later reacted in a press release. ‘’Noa Lang has been an Ajax player for years. He has repeatedly stated that he is a Amsterdam supporter. Yet their supporters also proudly wear the nickname ‘the Jews’. Noa Lang singing with our supporters Thursday’s evening after winning the national title has absolutely nothing anti-Semitic.”

Then, the club apologized by saying “Noa didn’t want to hurt or offend anyone in any way. We are sorry if that is the case. The club are committed to inclusion and diversity. The whole great family of Club Brugge now hopes to continue. celebrating our title in a positive way.”

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  1. Pedro Pé de Pato on

    As a Club Brugge supporter I am very ashamed and sad to learn about the mentioned incidents. Antisemitism has no place neither in football nor elsewhere.
    Supporters singing chants like those quoted in the article should be banned from the stadium (and held responsible for legal misconduct).
    Noa Lang is a very young player, I don’t know whether he was fully aware of what he was actually doing by chanting such a stupid phrase as he did. However he should seriously be educated about this and I sincerely hope he understands that he was very wrong there and apologizes.

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