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Security concerns relocate Israeli game
A soccer match to be played in Austria on Saturday by Maccabi Haifa and German club SC Paderborn had to be moved to a new venue due to security concerns after a violent anti-Israel protest disrupted the Israeli team's last game in Bischofshofen in Salzburg province.
The match then took place in the town of Leogang in Salzburg province, where Maccabi Haifa's training camp is located, after the town of Kirchbichl, about 60 kilometres away in Tyrol province, refused to host the game for security reasons. Maccabi won 2:1 against the German team which gained promotion to the German Bundesliga last season.
Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza had invaded the pitch and attacked Maccabi Haifa players at a friendly game against Lille on Wednesday in Bischofshofen, causing play to be abandoned. Around 20 youths of Turkish origin ran onto the pitch with Palestinian flags and anti-Israeli placards, police said.
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