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August 25, 2016 12:54 pm

Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

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Celtics manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Screenshot.

Celtics manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Screenshot.

The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night.

Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference:

On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, a wonderful country and we thank you very much for receiving us.

The Scottish team flew to Israel to play against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, after hosting the Israelis for a play-off game last week in Glasgow. During that match, Celtic fans waved dozens of Palestinian flags, despite a ban by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on political displays at games. The Scottish soccer club was charged for displays of an “illicit banner” and UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the team.

Watch a segment of Brendan Rogers’ press conference below:

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  • Edna

    True, the headline was not correct. But he thanked Israel for the warm welcome, and appreciated everything that was done in Israel to make his team happy.

    Just leave it at that. Don’t try and find cause for recrimination.

  • We are living in antisemitic times in the last few thousand years. We hardly enjoying it, we are complaining about it, but we in a certain way, got used to it.The Jewish existence against the unbelievable odds, makes the people of the world jealous and envy. Both emotions are the motivator of hatred which is in our case, is the antisemitism. We are 0.002% of the world population, but we are still everywhere, whee is important to be, like science, art, commerce, industry,and lately military as well, and all with flying colors. I know it’s unpleasant to live under pressure as we Jews have to live, day by day facing the global unpopularity, but in the other hand let’s face it, it can make us pride as it should.

  • Jane

    How horrifying an antisemitic time we live in, when mere sportsmanship at the lowest level, is actually real and great news for the Jewish State.

  • Pablo Nankin, MD

    This is a refreshing article considering the ant-Semitic attitudes by Scotland and its churches

  • Ephraim

    It was very gracious of him. I wonder, though, if Israel had won, if his reaction would have been as positive.

  • Yaakov

    Contrary to the headline, he never mentioned “the Jewish state.”