'Anti-Israel activists crash London UEFA event'

Protestors against European soccer tournament set to be held in Israel crash exclusive dinner, according to UK media.

May 25, 2013 08:03
UEFA President Michel Platini.

UEFA president Michel Platini 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Anti-Israeli protesters infiltrated a dinner Friday for UEFA heads in London, demonstrating against the European Under-21 championship slated to take place in Israel in June, the British Daily Mail reported.

According to the Daily Mail, three protesters were removed by security personnel after one jumped on the stage shouting and another placed himself behind the Union of European Football Association president Michel Platini with a small demonstrative flag.

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The UEFA dinner was attended by prominent figures including David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson, who were reportedly stunned by the incident.

Earlier in the day, pro-Palestinian activists from a group called "Red Card Israeli Racism" protested outside a UEFA Congress meeting at a London hotel, according to the report.

Friday's events stood as the latest in a series of demonstrations against the association. In January, pro-Palestinian demonstrators reportedly occupied UEFA's Swiss headquarters near Geneva.

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