Israeli FA denies pitch invader was carrying a knife


Israeli press reported that one of the six fans who ran on to the pitch after the game was carrying a knife, the IFA denies it

The IFA (Israel Football Association) has quickly denied a story that came out early on Tuesday morning according to which one of the six fans arrested for running on to the pitch at the end of the Israel-Spain match was carrying a knife.  

IFA Communications Director, Shlomo Barzel, told the Spanish sports daily, Marca, that the story was completely false. “According to all the information we have, there is no evidence or indication that a knife was carried by anyone who ran onto the field. We do not know yet where these reports have come from, they are false.”

“I do not think Spain have been welcomed to a stadium outside of their country with as much affection as they were here”, he continued, adding that “Isco, especially, was the subject of many positive chants and banners, as were all of the players out on the pitch. We will be taking legal action against the six fans who will have to face the consequences of their totally reprehensible actions in the stadium. I repeat, however, that we do not know where the information about a supposed knife have come from.”

The Israeli press had earlier reported that one of the six fans arrested had been carrying a knife, which he dropped as he approached the Real Madrid player, although the police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, stated that “there was no security incidents. The usual security measures were implemented last night, before, during and after the game.”