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Bulgarian fans chase Israeli footballers off the pitch

This image capture shows Israeli soccer players running off the pitch after enraging Bulgarian fans for committing fouls during a 'friendly match' in Sophia on August 2, 2015.

Bulgarian football fans have attacked Israeli footballers during a pre-season so-called friendly, chasing them off the pitch.

The incident took place after the aggressive Israeli players from Ashdod Football Club, in blue jerseys, committed a third foul on the Bulgarian team SFKA Sofia in what was meant to be a "friendly match."

Bulgarian fans became angry when an Israeli player deliberately brought down a Bulgarian player at the end of the match during the first minute of stoppage time and poured onto the pitch forcing the Ashdod players to flee.

The Israeli team’s manager, Rafi Nidam, said the match spectators had been shouting pro-Palestinian slogans, including “Palestine, Palestine,” throughout the game.

Israeli media described Nidam as both grateful and surprised that none of the hostile Israeli players had sustained “serious injuries” or suffered “death” in the incident.

CSKA Sofia is historically Bulgaria’s most successful football team with dedicated fans known to be very nationalistic. The team just recently dropped out of the country’s premier league after hitting a rough patch and going through tough financial times.

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