How UAE sheikh got here to purchase notorious Israeli soccer membership

A member of the ruling family in the UAE has bought a 50% stake in one of Israel’s top football clubs – Beitar Jerusalem, which some fans are notorious for anti-Arab prejudice.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s move comes three months after the UAE became the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Beitar Jerusalem is the only club in the Israeli Premier League that has never hired an Arab player.

Our Middle East correspondent, explains Tom Bateman.

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