Israeli fans blocked from Italian stadium by anti-Israel protesters

Israeli fans blocked from Italian stadium by anti-Israel protesters

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As highlighted by this Jerusalem Post article, On Thursday 15th September an estimated 1,200 supporters of Hapoel Be’er Sheva who had travelled to Milan for a Europa League match against Inter Milan were blocked by anti-Israel protesters from entering the San Siro stadium. The Israeli supporters were told by Italian police that they would not be allowed to enter the stadium due to ‘security concerns’. Instead they were restricted to an enclosure far from the stadium, guarded by security and police.

They had already been confronted with protesters waving flags and chanting slogans.

The incident follows shortly after another a week earlier involving the national teams of the two countries. On that occasion two Italian fans were thrown out of the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Haifa for giving the Nazi salute during the Italian national anthem.

Police chose only to remove the fans and did not arrest them. Italy supporters were also recorded booing during the Israeli national anthem ‘Hatikva’, with several seen taunting religious Jewish fans and spitting at them.

The Europa tie ended happily for the Israelis in one respect at least. Hapoel defeated the mighty Inter 2 – 0 in the latter’s own stadium.

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