German federation condemns anti-Semitic act
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (AP) -- The German soccer federation has condemned an anti-Semitic act involving Kaiserslautern's Israel striker Itay Shechter and says it will not tolerate such abuse.
A small group of Kaiserslautern fans directed Hitler salutes at Shechter during Sunday's practice.
The German soccer federation's designated president Wolfgang Niersbach says such abuse has to be "nipped in the bud" and "we must act decisively."
The club's official fan group has apologized for the situation. The club says fewer than 10 fans were involved and belonged to a hooligan group banned from games.