Sunday 18 February 2018

Maccabi Tel Aviv fans unveil 'Refugees Not Welcome' banner

Chelsea play the Israeli team at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League
Chelsea play the Israeli team at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League

Tom Sheen

While English and German football fans were united in their message to refugees at the weekend, the message at one club in Israel was rather different.

With supporters across Europe unveiling 'Refugees Welcome' in response to the growing crisis, Maccabi Tel-Aviv decided to go the opposite route - displaying the message 'Refugees Not Welcome' against Kiryat Shmona.

The club will be in London on Wednesday night when they face Chelsea in the first group game of this season's Champions League.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied that he was under pressure after losing to Everton at the weekend, instead stating that "refugees are under big pressure".

Read more: Young migrants cheered on by 75,000 fans during Bayern's Munich's home game

Last week, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for Israel to take in more refugees and has instead pledged to build an 18-mile border fence along the border with Jordan.

Champions League clubs, including Maccabi, have pledged to donate €1 from every ticket sold at their first home game to aid the crisis.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain donated €1million each last week.

(© Independent News Service)

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