Recap: Maccabi Tel Aviv - Breidblick 1:2/Sport1
Tempers are high after the match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Breidablik. The Yellows won 1-2 in a game that was only for the record for Icelanders, but was heated by a pro-Palestinian show of support outside the stadium.
Dozens of Icelanders, including Breidaflik fans, waved Palestinian flags outside and inside the stadium, and Dan Bitton and Eran Zahavi, who scored the goals for Maccabi Tel Aviv, gave them one epic return after finding the net. It started with Bitton waving an Israeli flag in front of the hostile stand and receiving a yellow card, and continued after Zahavi celebrated with a silencing gesture towards them after the victory goal he scored.
Breidblick coach Haldur Arnasson attacked Zahavi and Bitton at the end, saying: "We managed to avoid all the background noise around the game and focus on football, but the fact that they still used this game to express their political opinions, it's a shame and a disgrace. It's a shame that the referees and UEFA allowed this to happen, because it has nothing to do with football."
According to Arnasson, "After the provocations of the Maccabi Tel Aviv players, it was difficult to avoid confrontations and tension between the players, and also in the stands."
"Provocation" or legitimate message? Zahavi and Bitton/Screenshot, from Instagram
Another incident occurred when Robbie Keane went to the interview booth of Icelandic television and fell victim to a provocation by the local broadcaster, who asked Keane: "Why are your players politicizing the game?"
"You can ask the actor, he's the one who did it," Keane said, referring to Beaton before the interviewer could finish the question. The interviewer pressed Keane and said that "the responsibility is on you", but the coach continued to evade, explaining that "you have to ask the club what his position is on the matter", adding that "as professional players, our focus is on the game only", and then angrily abandoned the interview position.
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