Poland condemns attack on Israeli soccer players

Polish government condemns attack on members of Hapoel Petah Tikva near Warsaw, says it is investigating.

Ben Ariel ,

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The Polish government on Thursday condemned the attack on members of the Israeli soccer club Hapoel Petah Tikva near Warsaw a day earlier, according to Reuters.

Two people were injured in the incident, which occurred when a group of masked men attacked the Israeli team after an exhibition game against the local MKS Ciechanow, located approximately 70 km from Warsaw.

Polish government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said police were investigating the incident and would detain those responsible.

"We strongly condemn aggression and violence against any person," he said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

This is not the first display of anti-Semitism against Israeli athletes in Europe.

Last August, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flags were seen during a soccer match in France between Israeli Beitar Jerusalem and Saint-Étienne.

A week earlier, supporters of Glasgow’s Celtic Football Club waved PLO flags during their Champions League qualifier against Israel’s Hapoel Be'er Sheva, prompting the Union of European Football (UEFA) to launch disciplinary proceedings against Celtic.

Two years ago, players from the Israeli club Ashdod were chased from the field by fans during a game against CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria.