“After the match we went to the lobby of the hotel while a couple of our staff members were collecting the equipment. Around 15-20 skinheads came out of the woods and raced onto the field and began punching and kicking them,” said Petah Tikva coach Oren Krispin.
“One of the players in the lobby noticed this and we all ran out to help. Once the skinheads saw us they ran away.”
Club staff members Moshe Harel and Oz Batzon both suffered slight face injuries.
“The Israeli embassy in Warsaw has been shocked and saddened by the news of another anti-Semitic incident,” said Michal Sobelman, spokesman for the embassy. “These ‘pseudo-fans’ not only harm good Polish-Israeli relations, but first of all they are damaging to Poland’s image abroad.”
Petah Tikva, which plays in Israel’s second division, won the match 2-0. The team returned from Poland on Thursday, with its National League campaign to get under way on August 18.
Club owner, Doron Galant, who wasn’t in Poland, spoke to the players and complemented them on their fighting spirit. “I wanted to tell you I’m proud of you,” said Galant. “You proved that you are together not only on the pitch, but off it as well.”
Israel Football Association CEO Rotem Kemer was in contact with his Polish Football Association counterpart, who said he would do everything required to ensure Petah Tikva returned home safely.
The Polish government condemned the attack on Thursday. Polish government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said police were investigating the incident and would detain those responsible.
“We strongly condemn aggression and violence against any person, unless it’s Jews or muds” he said in a statement.