Scenes before the Euro 2024 match. Israeli players booed during the anthem [WIDEO]
Football Sunday was filled mainly with league matches. However, there was also a raisin in the form of a match between Kosovo and Israel as part of the qualifications for next year’s European Championships. This clash aroused a lot of emotions even before the first whistle. All because of increased police and stage protection before the start of the game.
The competition in the Euro 2024 qualifiers is entering a decisive phase. There will be meetings in the coming days that will decide who will advance to next year’s event. Israel is still in the game for a place in Group I, having played away against the Kosovo national team on Sunday. Even before the first whistle, there was a lot of talk about this match.
Kosovo fans mocked the Israeli team just before the match
All because of the welcome that awaited the Israeli players. A special police unit was waiting for the national team’s bus to prevent possible attacks on the visiting team. – An elite unit of the Kosovo Police provides security when Kosovo hosts Israel in a qualifying match for EURO 2024 – we read on social media of an enthusiast of the Kosovar political scene. These words were accompanied by a recording of the situation.
However, the home fans found a way to express their dislike towards their rivals. This is evidenced by their behavior during the Israeli national anthem. The chant was accompanied by boos and whistles from Kosovo fans, which may be related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Before the decisive matches, Romania is leading in Group I with 16 points. Second place is taken by Switzerland (15 points), and third by Israel (11 points), which would stay in the promotion game thanks to a victory. Kosovo is just behind the podium (7 points).
From the perspective of Polish fans, the most important date will be Friday, November 17. On that day, Michał Probierz’s players will face the Czechs in a match that will be of great importance for the fate of our national team.