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Protester chains himself to goalposts at Scotland v Israel match

Hampden protest
[SNS]

A protester chained himself to the goalposts before Scotland’s Women's Euro 2025 qualifier against Israel at Glasgow's Hampden stadium.

The match, which is being played behind closed doors, was delayed after the man used a heavy duty lock to secure himself to the posts in protest at Israel's military operation in Gaza.

When the two sides returned to the field, the Israeli team held up a T-shirt bearing the message "Bring Them Home" in reference to hostages taken by the Hamas group in the official team photo.

The game eventually kicked off 45 minutes later than planned, with Scotland running out 4-1 winners.

Several hundred people, some carrying small coffins and Palestinian flags, had gathered outside the doors of the main stand.

The protester who gained entry to the national stadium was earlier wearing a hi-vis vest, so he may have been mistaken for a steward.

He was cut free from the posts and led from the pitch by police.

Players were seen discussing a second warm-up and whether it was safe to return to the pitch shortly before the match got under way.

The Israel players then displayed the shirt of teammate Sharon Beck, who missed the game through injury, and a T-shirt calling for the release of hostage Naama Levy.

The 19-year-old and six other young women were taken by Hamas gunmen from the Nahal Oz military base on 7 October.

The match kicked off to the sound of demonstrators outside booing, blowing whistles and setting off fireworks.

A handful of counter-protesters also demonstrated before the group B2 game.

Last week, the SFA said it had been left with "no option" but to bar supporters from attending "following extensive security consultations with all key parties".

Public demonstrations against Israel's military operation in Gaza have been happening regularly across the UK.

One group - the Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee - arranged a protest before the game at Hampden and called for the matches to be cancelled.

Police Scotland said: "Appropriate policing plans are in place to maintain public safety and minimise any disruption to the community."

Hampden protest
Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the stadium [SNS]

Israel was banned from hosting any football matches by Uefa for security reasons in the aftermath of the 7 October attack by Hamas and the Israeli government's military response.

Instead, the Israeli national side and its club teams have played fixtures at neutral venues in Hungary.

Tuesday's return game between Scotland and Israel in Budapest will also be played behind closed doors.