Polish soccer club denies its fans attacked Israelis
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish soccer club, Legia Warszawa, says it condemns anti-Semitism and has vehemently denied that any of its fans were behind an attack on an Israeli soccer team.
Masked soccer hooligans attacked and slightly injured two Israelis following a friendly match in Poland on Wednesday. The Israeli Embassy in Warsaw described it as “anti-Semitic incident.”
The match took place in Suchocin, a town near Warsaw, between Israeli club Hapoel Petah Tikva and local Polish club MKS Ciechanow.
The Israeli club said fans of Warsaw’s Legia Warszawa club emerged from a forest and attacked Hapoel Petah Tikva staff members.
Legia Warszawa described assertions that its fans were involved as “false.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish rights group, has urged European soccer’s ruling body to take disciplinary measures against Legia Warszawa.