(Video And Images) Pro Palestine Protesters Invade Pitch And Attack Maccabi Haifa Players During Friendly


A preseason friendly between seven-time Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille had to be stopped early after pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the pitch and fought with players.

Most of the violence came after a protester was tripped by a player as he ran across the field during the game in Austria.

That sparked attacks on Maccabi stars, some of whom retaliated.

Maccabi coach Aleksandar Stanojevic punched a protester, according to the Daily Mail.

Former Chelsea, Liverpool West Ham and Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun played in the match.

He can be seen in the image at the bottom of this page.

Images courtesy of the Daily Mail.