Police: Arson attack on Israel soccer team offices

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say the offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team were set on fire in an apparent arson attack. The attack comes a day after four fans were charged with anti-Muslim chanting at a recent game.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the attack early on Friday left extensive damage to the administrative offices next to the team's training field. No one was hurt and the police are searching for suspects.

The attack also comes after police announced it would begin deploying undercover units and beefing up police presence at games to track down those fans involved in racist chants.

Beitar Jerusalem has fans known for being hostile to Muslims and Arabs.

At a recent game, fans chanted slurs against the signing of two Chechen Muslim players to the team.