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Scotland fined $10K after soccer fans booed during Israeli national anthem

FIFA also notes ‘inappropriate use of a flag,’ apparently reference to Palestinian banner waved by one person

Scotland's striker Lyndon Dykes (center) heads the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F qualification football match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park in Glasgow, on October 9, 2021. (Andy Buchanan/AFP)
Scotland's striker Lyndon Dykes (center) heads the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F qualification football match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park in Glasgow, on October 9, 2021. (Andy Buchanan/AFP)

World soccer federation FIFA has fined Scotland after fans at a recent game between the country and Israel booed during the Israeli national anthem, the Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.

The Scottish Football Association will need to pay some £8,000 ($11,000) over the incident that included “inappropriate use of a flag,” apparently a Palestinian flag waved by one person. The incidents occurred on October 9 during a World Cup qualifier in Glasgow that Scotland won 3-2.

According to the JC, outside the stadium some pro-Palestinian activists held a banner declaring: “Zionism is racism. Victory to the intifada.”

Israel is nearly certain to be out of the World Cup after losing several key qualifyer games.

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