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DAIA to file complaint after Chacarita Juniors fans' anti-Semitic chants

Anti-semitic chants heard before second division clash between fiery local rivals Atlanta, a team historically linked to Argentina's Jewish community, and Chacarita Juniors.

The DAIA umbrella Jewish organisation said on Thursday it would file a complaint after some football fans chanted anti-Semitic slurs in the streets of Buenos Aires ahead of a match.

The chants happened before a second division clash on Tuesday between fiery local rivals Atlanta, a team historically linked to Argentina's Jewish community, and Chacarita.

"We will present in court videos that are circulating in which chants with anti-Semitic content uttered by fans of Club Atletico Chacarita Juniors were registered," said the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA).

The chant sung by around 1,000 fans that were unable to enter the Chacarita stadium due to coronavirus restrictions was: "Here comes Chaca in the street, killing Jews to make soap."

DAIA said it wanted authorities to investigate "a possible crime" against Argentina's anti-discrimination laws.

"The episode is an incitement to violence, to persecution, to hate, and represents a threat against the Jewish community as a whole, as well as other collectives vulnerable to discrimination," said DAIA.

The match itself, won 1-0 by Atlanta, was typically brutal with four people sent off. 

In 2012, the Argentine Football Association made a historic decision to award a match to Atlanta, which initially finished 1-1, after Chacarita fans chanted anti-Semitic, "racist and xenophobic" songs.

The Jewish-Argentine community, roughly 300,000 people, was the target of the two largest attacks in the South American country's history.

The Israeli Embassy was attacked in 1992 and a major Jewish center, that housed the DAIA head office, was targeted two years later with a total of 115 people killed.

– AFP

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