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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.

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