Anti-Israel protesters crash Champions League dinner

London police arrest three people who interrupted event to protest Israel’s hosting of under-21 championship

The official Champions League final dinner was disrupted Friday night by three people infiltrating a London venue to protest to UEFA President Michel Platini about the under-21 European Championship being hosted by Israel next month.

UEFA described the incident as a “minor disturbance” and said three arrests were made, although police said only two people were detained.

“A 24-year-old-man and a 24-year-old woman evaded private security at the UEFA Champions League celebrity party, being held at Billingsgate Market in the City of London, and managed to reach the stage and launch a protest,” City of London Police said in a statement. “They were quickly ejected from the event by the private security and the event organizers made a complaint to the City of London Police. Shortly after both were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and assault and are currently being held in custody.”

The force said it was continuing to investigate “the circumstances of the incident.”

Earlier on Friday, pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated opposite UEFA’s offices in London against the Under-21 European Championships taking place in Israel, two weeks before the games kick off.

The demonstrators called for the Union of European Football Associations to move the prestigious tournament from Israel, saying the country wasn’t worthy of hosting it. It would be “a stain” on the organization’s reputation if the games were played as planned, they said.

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