Pro-Palestinian Activists Block Israeli Soccer Fans in Italy

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Citadin Eder of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Loai Taha of Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC during the UEFA Europa League match between FC Internazionale Milano and Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 15, 2016 in Milan, . (Photo by Pier …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli fans who traveled to Italy to watch soccer team Hapoel Beersheba play in the UEFA cup against Italian powerhouse Inter Milan were blocked from entering the stadium by a pro-Palestinian protest on Thursday.

One of the Israeli fans, Tal Lavi, a media manager for The Jerusalem Post, said that local police and stadium security for San Siro Stadium told Israeli soccer fans that they would not be allowed to enter the premises due to security concerns.

Video taken by Lavi shows protestors near the stadium waving Palestinian flags and shouting chants in opposition to the soccer match.

Lavi said that an estimated 1,200 fans of Hapoel Beersheba were restricted to an enclosure far from the stadium by stadium security and local authorities.

According to the Jerusalem Post employee, further police assistance was requested in order to address the matter.

The incident follows shortly after another episode involving an Israeli-Italian soccer event earlier this month.

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