Bischofshofen - A pre-season friendly between Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille had to be abandoned Wednesday
when a group of pro-Palestinian supporters invaded the pitch and attacked some
of the Israeli players.
Lille said on
its Twitter feed that the referee called a halt to the game after a group of
youths, waving Palestinian flags and placards, ran onto the pitch at the
Austrian venue with just three minutes of the game left.
After a series
of brief scuffles, the protestors were led away by security officers and the
game called off with the French side 2-0 ahead at the time.
"Maccabi Haifa Football Club believes in co-existence, tolerance
and is against violence," a club statement given to the Jerusalem Post
denounce the violence that was used against us. This didn't happen because of
sport or football, it happened because we are a team which represents
Here is a video of the incident: