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Maccabi Haifa players thank their fans for coming to support them in Lisbon, Portugal
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Juventus fans make Nazi salute

Italian soccer fans perform Nazi salute in Champions League match

Juventus fans captured on film performing Nazi salute and making monkey chants at local crowd; 2nd incident involving the Turin-based club in less than a week; club is scheduled to play Israel's Maccabi Haifa twice in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League

Dennis Bihler |
Published: 09.07.22, 21:37
Italian fans were caught in the camera lens on Tuesday, performing the Nazi salute and making monkey chants and sounds toward the local audience.
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  • The event took place during Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) 2-1 win against Juventus at the Parc des Princes, and was the second time the Bianconeri fans were involved in an antisemitic incident in less than a week.
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    Juventus fans make Nazi salute
    Juventus fans make Nazi salute
    Juventus fans make Nazi salute
    (Photo: Screenshot from Twitter)
    The video circulating on social media appeared to show Juventus fans at Fiorentina's Artemio-Franchi stadium in Florence chanting that their Serie A rivals were “not Italian, but a bunch of Jews."
    The Turin-based club is scheduled to play Israel's Maccabi Haifa twice in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, as the home and away matches are scheduled for early October.
    Meanwhile, on Tuesday Maccabi Haifa started its UEFA Champions League campaign hopeful for a win, but the greens lost 0-2 to Benfica in the Estádio da Luz. Haifa played well in the first half but offered precious little in offense , as the scores remained level at halftime.
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    Maccabi Haifa players thank their fans for coming to support them in Lisbon, Portugal
    (Photo: AP)
    The result won't define anything in the tournament yet, but for the Israeli champions, it is a bad start, since the eagles are considered the "least strong" team in the group. Haifa's next game will be at home in the Sammy Ofer Stadium against French champions Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday.
    Celtic's Israeli star Liel Abada also played on Tuesday in the 0-3 loss against reigning European and Spanish champions Real Madrid.
    Abada could have blown the roof off early at Celtic Park during an early Bhoys' blitz in the opening minute, but his effort was deflected. The Israel international had an even better opportunity just before the quarter-hour mark, but he hit a tame shot straight to Madrid's goalie Thibaut Courtois.
    After the restart, the second half was all white, as masters of Europe, and 14-time European champions netted the Glaswegians three goals and reminded them why they are the champions.
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