Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt Israeli soccer club’s match

July 23, 2014

Maccabi Haifa players are shown during a training session in 2013. (Nikolas Giakoumidis/Associated Press)

Israeli soccer club Maccabi Haifa was playing a preseason friendly against French side Lille OSC in Austria when pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the field. After order was restored, referees ended the match at that point, with Lille up, 2-0, in the 86th minute.

Although no injuries were reported, a story in the U.K.’s Daily Mail includes photos showing a fight breaking out on the field between some of the Maccabi Haifa players and protesters.

Video of the incident (courtesy of shows some of the melee. UEFA is currently barring Israeli teams, including Maccabi Haifa, from hosting Champions League or Europa League games.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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Des Bieler · July 23, 2014