311_Hapoel tel aviv with kippa.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Champions League playoff triumph over Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night was an all-around success except for one failed gimmick.
After Itai Shechter celebrated scoring a goal in Hapoel’s 3-2 victory at Red Bull Salzburg in the first leg by pulling a red kippa out of his sock and placing it on his head, the club’s management purchased some 10,000 light grey kippot with the Hapoel emblem on them to hand out to fans ahead of Tuesday’s encounter.
However, few supporters were seen wearing the kippot inside Bloomfield
Stadium and Tel Aviv’s publicity stunt will not be repeated when the
team faces Europe’s big guns on the most prestigious stage continental
soccer has to offer.
Shechter was booked for his initial celebration, but the yellow card
will prove to be insignificant as single cautions received before the
group stage expire upon completion of the playoffs.