Under normal circumstances, no one would have heard of Maccabi Raanan against Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin. After all, only fans of the sport are interested in the second Israel Basketball League. But footage of that meeting last week spread all over the world. Because the alarm sounded suddenly, the game must be stopped. The frightened basketball player, coach or referee fled the dance floor in a panic. Some people hide under the structure of the stands, and some people don’t have time to hide their heads in their hands. As a result… game This is about life.
“You showed the world that entertainment is more important than safety”
In the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the two sides fired dozens of rockets every day. The total number of victims in the Gaza Strip caused by the exchange of fire in May has exceeded 200. More than a dozen people were killed on the Israeli side. Although their lives are threatened, Israeli residents are still struggling to lead a normal life. They are used to howling sirens. However, among tourists, including athletes who disagree with this “normality”, there is a lot of fear. Foreign basketball players who played in the local league (Super League) sent a message that they requested an interruption of the season. “For safety, mental health and our family’s considerations, the best solution is to end the game immediately.”-The league star wrote in the list. Although the game was postponed, no one in Israel considered breaking the league. The game will resume in the “bubble” in Eilat. The press release read: “When the situation in Israel improves, the alliance will return to normal.”
This solution is not attractive to players who are threatened by the league by leaving the club during the league. The “injured” team also has the opportunity to be transferred from the authorities to fill the team’s vacancy. -League leaders believe that the actions of players who left to take care of their own safety have adversely affected the club. DJ Stephens exclaimed that their actions seem to be much more important than completing the game. “You once again showed the world that entertainment is more important than safety,” Othello Hunter of Maccabi Tel Aviv complained that he had won the UEFA Europa League against CSKA Moscow. His club partner Rishon Darryl Monroe only added: “It’s impossible.”
“You must flee there”
Rockets also paralyzed the football game. According to the original calendar, the top management will end the season this weekend. However, there will be no matches there from May 9th to 19th. -Planned to finish the game before the end of May, but it proved difficult. There are three rounds left in the championship group. Sport.pl Dani Porath, a reporter for Sport5 TV, said that in some cities, they are already trying to play games, but in other cities, there may be problems.
Some teams will not have their foreign players at the end of the season. Some people asked for the possibility of “evacuation”, while others asked the club to return home on its own. Teams that let go, such as Maccabi Tel Aviv, compete for the title. He may lose some players. Maccabi’s Serbian forward Aleksandar Pesic was interviewed by the state media just after he landed safely in his home country. He stated that he did not plan to return to the Holy Land in the near future.
-I grabbed a plane at the last second and then flew from Dubai to Serbia. First, we were told that everything would calm down in a few days, but then Tel Aviv was attacked again, this time from Lebanon. Who knows what will happen next? I will go back there, will the rocket hit the city again? You must run away from there. I am not safe. I have a three-year-old child and a wife, and even if I don’t answer the phone for five minutes, they start to worry about me. Football doesn’t interest me at all right now-Pesić admits. One of his colleagues, Israeli Avi Rikan, has decided to end the season. He wrote: “Despite suffering and longing, pain and suffering have been overcome.”
Serbian midfielder Uros Nikolić also unfortunately described his last days in Israel. -My apartment is on the 37th floor. You can see all of Tel Aviv from it. Therefore, I watched the burning city outside the window. Just like the streets, parks or neighborhoods where most foreigners live, there is a sudden fire. To me, everything is shaking, as if the doors and windows are about to come out of the frame. He reported that I could not sleep normally.
-When the alarm clock went off at three in the morning, we had to run away with my wife and children and fell asleep in the bunker. We are very scared, and the only thing we think about is to escape from Israel-Maccabi football player Enric Saborit (Enric Saborit) left his hometown of Bilbao. -Leaving is not easy. We cancelled two flights because the plane could not land in Tel Aviv. But my teammates stayed in Israel. They are in the north of the country and are undergoing training. He wants to know, I don’t understand at all.
“My house is on fire. Can anyone help?”
By browsing athletes’ posts on social networks, you can better understand athletes’ emotions and relationships. The shocking video on Instagram was posted by Higor Vidal of Hapoel Petach Tikwa, player of the second league. The rocket fell next to his apartment. It’s on fire.
He first wrote in the club’s WhatsApp group: “My house is on fire. Can someone help me? Please call the ambulance.” Colleagues knew he had a pregnant wife. They responded quickly. The next day, the club issued a more reassuring statement.