Spanish soccer team's Western Wall visit sparks uproar

Spanish soccer players mobbed by fans at Western Wall, slammed by Arabs over trip to Jewish holy site.

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Marco Asensio poses in front of Western Wall
Marco Asensio poses in front of Western Wall
Marco Asensio, Twitter

Spanish soccer players on Sunday night visited the Western Wall prior to their game against Israel on Monday evening.

The game was scheduled as part of Israel's bid to enter the 2018 World Cup competitions. Though the Israeli team will not make the 2018 competition, a victory against Spain will be a significant accomplishment.

The Spanish team's visit to the Western Wall did not go as planned, since Israelis who spotted the team taking photographs at the stie wanted to take pictures with them, causing security complications.

The team was then escorted out of the crowd, and arrived at their bus without further complications.

"The team and its coach went to the Western Wall at 10:15 p.m.," Spanish media wrote. "But they only left at 11:15 p.m., and this caused a lot of unnecessary distractions."

Some of the Spanish soccer players published photos of the visit on Twitter. One of them was told that he had the wrong name for the country he was in: "it's not Israel, it's Palestine."

Meanwhile, Spanish media described the Israel trip as a milestone. Six of their players received a prize for young soccer players in 2013. Now they are returning to the same stadium, with the same coach, as part of the adult team to play a game in preparation for the World Cup.

The game will begin at 9:45 p.m. Israel time, at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.








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