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Chile bans Palestino football club new shirt
Chile bans Palestino football club new shirt
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Santiago, Agencies - The Chilean football federation has banned a top division team from using a new shirt that has the number one shaped as the map of Palestine, BBC reported.

Palestino, a club founded by the large Palestinian community in Chile, has used the new kit in three matches.

The Israeli occupation complained to the Chilean Federation and succeeded in banning the shirt.

The Chilian federation issued a fine of $1,300 (£800) to the Santiago-based club.

Palestino unveiled the new shirts in December, keeping the club's traditional colours, matching those of the Palestine flag - red, green, white and black.

Jewish organizations in Chile complained, but it was the owner of first division club Nublense, Patrick Kiblisky, who put forward a formal complaint against Palestino.

It took several weeks for the football authorities to act and in the meantime the new kit continued to be used.

The club said that it had used the same design in previous seasons.

On its Facebook page, the club makes clear its views on the Middle East: "For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less."

Chile is home to one of the largest Palestinian communities outside the Middle East, says the BBC's Gideon Long in Santiago.

Palestino was founded in 1920 by immigrants in the south of Chile, according to the club's website. It became a professional football team in 1952 and has won the league twice.

ALRAY contributed