PM sprains ankle at Arab-Jewish kids soccer game

After 5 minutes of game-time, Netanyahu misses swipe at soccer ball, falls; Likud cancels faction meeting following injury.

June 12, 2012 02:22
joint Arab-Jewish soccer game

Netanyahu at joint Arab-Jewish soccer game 370. (photo credit: Moshe Milner GPO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tore a ligament in his left leg on Monday while participating in a joint Arab-Jewish soccer game for children at the capital’s Kraft Stadium.

Five minutes into the match, Netanyahu fell when he twisted his ankle while kicking the ball. At first, the prime minister continued playing and even scored a goal, but when he showed signs of pain his security guards brought him to Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus where his leg was put in a cast. The Likud party canceled its faction meeting in light of the injury.

“I participated in a youth soccer match intended to advance tourism in Israel, to present the truce face of the State of Israel,” the prime minister, 62, was quoted as saying. “This was not exactly like the Euro soccer games, which I’ll be watching along with many Israelis. But tomorrow I’ll be back at the Prime Minister’s Office, and I’ll continue playing on other fields for Israel.”

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