Belgium: investigation targeting a Bruges player for an anti-Semitic song

The anti-Semitic song sung by the Dutchman Noa Lang (Bruges) triggered the opening of an investigation, announced the Belgian Football Federation (URBSFA).

The Belgian Football Federation (URBSFA) announced this Saturday the opening of an investigation following the title celebrations of FC Bruges on Thursday, during which an anti-Semitic song was sung by the Dutchman Noa Lang. In a video circulating on social media, Lang was filmed during the Bruges title party singing a song targeting the Jewish community with supporters.

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The player “did not want to hurt or insult anyone”

Brugge had previously won their 17th Belgian league title on Thursday, after a 3-3 draw at Anderlecht. “The Belgian Federation condemns all forms of discrimination and relies on the competent disciplinary bodies to define the follow-up to be given to these events”, we can read on the URBSFA website.

“Racism and anti-Semitism have no place in our society. Songs that target population groups should no longer be trivialized,” reacted for its part the Professional League. Brugge defended his player: “When Noa Lang sang with our supporters, there was no anti-Semitic implication,” Club Brugge wrote. “Noa didn’t mean to hurt or insult anyone in any way and we’re sorry if that happened.”

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