On May 8th, the Hapoel U-NET from Holon played against the MHP Reisen from Ludwigsburg, Germany. The match took place in Bilbao, Spain. This was part of the Basketball Champions League Final Four tournament.
Israeli fans battled in the streets with locals and activists outside the stadium. There was a group of people who brought Palestinian flags and a giant banner saying “Zionists F@ck Off.”
Video clips show some Israeli fans trashing patio furniture at a pub with a Palestinian flag above the front door. The mob is burning a Palestinian flag in a different clip.
Bilbao is in Spain’s Basque Country, and there is a history of strong support for Palestinian statehood among the Basque.
Note: Most of the Israeli fans are wearing matching purple shirts.
Los Ultras del Holon han atacado algún bar con banderas de Palestina. pic.twitter.com/CI44PdUJFU
— NIPORWIFI © (@niporwifi) May 8, 2022
BREAKING: Palestinians attack a group of Hapoel Holon Basketball Fans in Bilbao city in Spain. Which has sparked a confrontation. pic.twitter.com/uFsRCJyw2V
— Eretz Israel (@EretzIsrael) May 8, 2022
08.05.2022, Hapoel Holon🇮🇱 basketball fans fight locals in Bilbao (in Spain🇪🇸) https://t.co/Fjy3xrDfeo#hapoel #holon #bilbao #hooligans pic.twitter.com/cTWqRtI23A
— Hooligans.cz Official (@hooliganscz1999) May 8, 2022
Widespread riots in Bilbao between Israeli Hapoel fans and local population.
Troubles started when Israeli fans attacked pubs with Palestinian flags hung outside pic.twitter.com/xyFZwwTpwb
— adrian lewis 🏴🇰🇾 (@adrianlewis310) May 8, 2022
Protests in Bilbao, Spain after Israeli football fans rioted and attacked pubs which had Palestinian flags hanging outside… pic.twitter.com/goAsgzBMQy
— OAB (@Leo_Iratus) May 8, 2022