UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — An Israeli professional football team has renamed itself to honor U.S. President Donald Trump following his decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
On May 13, Israeli football team Beitar Jerusalem announced plans to change the club’s name to Beitar Trump Jerusalem.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Beiter Jerusalem said it decided to change its name following what it called Trump’s “courageous move” to open a U.S. embassy in the club’s hometown.
The club added that it wanted to “honor the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own.”
The announcement came on the eve of the inauguration of the controversial new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
A club spokesman told ABC News that while the team is waiting on clearance from the Israel Football Association, it wants the name change to be permanent.