Thursday, 24 July 2014

Watch Maccabi Haifa players get kicked and punched by protesters during friendly

This is the incredible moment Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season friendly against Lille was brought to a halt when protesters stormed the pitch – and started attacking players.

Lille were winning the match 2-0 in the 86th minute when pro-Palestinian protesters rushed onto the pitch and began punching and kicking members of the Maccabi squad.

Aleksander Stanojevic, the team’s manager, fought off a few of the mob but ended up getting punched in the face in the dugout.

Security battled to remove the protesters while many Maccabi players rushed down the tunnel to the safety of their dressing room.

The match was played in Austria as Uefa forbid Israel from hosting matches last month because of the unrest in the country.

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