Following in the footsteps of their government, which flouts international laws and norms, especially in its unjust aggression against the Gaza Strip since the seventh of last October, the Israeli youth national team has violated the regulations of the European Football Association (UEFA).
During a confrontation between the Israeli under-21 team and its host, the Polish team, in the qualifiers for the European Nations Championship in 2025, the Israelis, alongside the Poles, decided to stand for an impromptu minute of silence, despite this violating the laws and regulations and not informing the authorities responsible for the match.
The match was supposed to start with the whistle of Macedonian referee Jovan Kaczevski, but the players remained in their places for 60 seconds before resuming the match, which Israel won 2-1.
Israel & Poland Under 21s protested against UEFA by holding a minute silence for Hamas victims after kick-off 🇮🇱🇵🇱
UEFA refused to allow an official remembrance before the match, but both team stood in formation once the referee blew his whistle 🤝 pic.twitter.com/1gJf1x1T2J
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 18, 2023
The French newspaper RMC indicated that this impromptu minute of silence came after a prior agreement between the two teams, in blatant defiance of the European Union, which rejected their request before the match.
The source did not mention whether the Israeli and Polish teams would be subjected to possible penalties as a result of their violation of the regulations. But it is clear that the matter will be ignored and no decisions will be issued against the elected officials.
Despite the massacres committed and the genocidal war that the occupation forces have been waging for 43 days against civilians in the Gaza Strip, Gaza For the sake of the Palestinian people, UEFA announced a minute of silence in its major competitions and in European leagues in solidarity with those killed in Israel.