"Hard times": UEFA reacts to war in Israel for first time but refuses to do it publicly
The President of the European Football Union (UEFA), Alexander Čeferin, has called the attack on Israel by the Palestinian Hamas a senseless act of violence. The official expressed his support for the country that suffered from the unmotivated aggression.
Ceferin wrote about this in a letter to the leadership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA). A copy of the letter was published on his page on X, formerly known as Twitter, by journalist Rob Harris. The Sky Sports correspondent emphasized that there had been no public statements from UEFA regarding the new war in Europe.
"This is an incredible tragedy, the pain and grief resonates deeply throughout the football community... I pray that these deep wounds will heal. I pray for a world where there is no place for such senseless acts of violence. I am writing to express our deep sorrow upon learning of the tragic acts of violence that took place last week in Israel, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families in these difficult times," Ceferin said.
Due to the war in Israel, UEFA has postponed the upcoming matches of the national team in the qualifying tournament for the 2024 European Championship.
Earlier, the famous Israeli football player Lior Asulin was killed by Hamas militants. The 43-year-old ex-forward and his friends were celebrating his birthday at a music festival in Re'im kibbutz.