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Bulgarian soccer fans attack Israeli players

(JTA) – Bulgarian soccer fans attacked Israeli players during an exhibition match in the country’s capital. Players from the Ashdod team escaped using some empty stands after Bulgarian fans ran out onto the field throwing bottles and physically attacking players during the match on Sunday, Aug. 2, according to reports. Players reportedly received light injuries as well. Some Bulgarian fans reportedly were shouting antisemitic epithets at Israeli players during the game. They also reportedly cheered when the Israelis were driven out of the stadium as stadium security blocked fans from pursuing the players. The Israeli team was leading 1-0 when the game was stopped.

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