ISIS Threatens ‘Zionist’ Spanish Soccer Star in Latest World Cup Lead-Up Threat
Ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia, ISIS has been issuing threats to a number of top international soccer stars.
One of the latest players to be targeted was Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio. In an image published online by a pro-ISIS media group, the 21-year Spaniard — who visited Israel earlier this month with his country’s national team to take part in a World Cup qualifier — is seen kneeling in front of a masked ISIS fighter, with Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium in the background.
“Marco Asensio is Zionis [sic],” a statement inscribed on the graphic claimed.
While in Jerusalem several weeks ago, Asensio drew the ire of anti-Israel social media commenters when he used an Israeli flag emoji in tweet of a photo of himself on a balcony overlooking the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock.
Other prominent players who have been the subject of recent ISIS threats have included Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 2018 World Cup will be held June 14-July 15 in 11 cities across Russia.