Daily Israel Report

UEFA Championship Stirs Anger of Israel Boycotters

Three protesters were arrested after having caused a disturbance over the UEFA staging next month's European Championship in Israel.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 5/27/2013, 9:08 AM

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Three protesters were arrested after having caused a disturbance in London on Friday night over the UEFA staging next month's European Under 21 Championship in Israel.

One protester jumped on the stage and started shouting slogans, while another stood behind UEFA president Michel Platini with a flag, according to The Daily Mail.

“Three people caused a minor disturbance at the UEFA Congress dinner last night. They were quickly apprehended and arrested by the police,” UEFA said in a statement.

One guest at the event told the Daily Mail that the disturbance occurred “between courses”, adding that, “suddenly this man and woman got on the stage and started shouting things against Israel.”

“It seemed to go on for a few minutes before they were removed,” the guest added.

“It was a bit of a security lapse to say the least. They were smartly dressed in suits but no one could understand how they had got in because we all had to show our invitations.”

Earlier in the day another anti-Israel group had staged a protest outside of the UEFA Congress.

“At approximately 10pm a 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman evaded private security at the UEFA Champions League Celebrity Party, being held at Billingsgate Market in the City of London, and managed to reach the stage and launch a protest,” a spokesman said, according to The Daily Mail. 

“They were quickly ejected from the event by the private security and the event organizers made a complaint to the City of London Police.

“Shortly after the man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and the woman on suspicion of aggravated trespass and assault.

“Both are currently being held in custody and the City of London Police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident,” the spokesman added.