Russian soccer fans shout epithets in attack on TV reporter


(JTA) — A group of soccer fans reportedly shouted "beat the kikes" while attacking a television news reporter.

Roman Kosarev of the English-language cable channel Russia Today suffered a concussion after being attacked in Rostov on the Don by fans of the St. Petersburg soccer club Zenit ahead of the Russian Cup final with Sibir Novosibirsk.

Along with "beat the kikes," the assailants also reportedly shouted "kill the Jews" as they set upon Kosarev last month, according to UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union.

Kosarev was attacked after he took out his cell phone to take pictures of the crowds, according to Russia Today.

Fans also attacked a reporter from the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, RussiaToday reported.

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