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Tuesday 12 December 2017

so much for a 'friendly' as israeli team attacked on pitch during match

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end.

Salzburg police said around 20 people with flags and placards, mostly Austrians of Turkish origin, stormed the pitch shouting slogans about the Gaza conflict.

Police said there were clashes with the players from Maccabi Haifa, which was playing a friendly against Lille in Bischofshofen in Salzburg province, but no one was injured and police were quickly able to calm the situation.

The provincial office for the protection of the constitution is investigating. Austria's chancellor condemned the violence.

"Guests who are staying in Austria have the right to do so in safety, regardless of their origin and religion," Werner Faymann said in a statement.

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