Recap: Hapoel Tel Aviv - Besiktas 75:81/Sport1
The shameful behavior of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans yesterday (Sunday) made waves not only in Israel: the media abroad also covered the disgraceful incident in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, in which part of the crowd of the runners-up booed the commemoration ceremony held before the away game in Be'er Sheva, in memory of the policemen who fell on October 7, with songs, curses and slogans against the police.
"Scandal at a basketball game in Israel," the Serbian website B92 said. "Hapoel Tel Aviv fans booed during a minute's silence in memory of the fallen policemen, apparently due to clashes between them and the police and authorities over the past few years."
The BusquetNews website also commented: "The Israeli Premier League has returned to activity, but a nationwide scandal has overshadowed the long-awaited comeback. A number of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans caused a huge uproar in their actions before the game against Beersheba, forcing even the government's response. It is worth noting that those responsible constituted only a small part of the audience present at the game. All sides immediately condemned the acts."
Italy's Basket Universo wrote: "An event of political mourning has become a source of embarrassment. Because of the sensitive situation Israel is experiencing, the Ultras' action caused tremendous resentment."
Beyond the club's official announcement, there were also reactions from owner Ofer Yanai and president Avi Zeidenberg, with Sergeant Tomer Ginat summing up his feeling in one word, tweeting: "Shamed." Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir joined the condemnations.
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