Since last Saturday (7), when the attacks by the terrorist group Hamas began in Israel, many athletes, coaches and leagues from different categories and countries have spoken out about the events.
As a result, one of the first to speak on the topic was Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla, who said: “There is nothing more important than knowing what people are going through. So what is happening in Israel right now, there should be many thoughts and prayers for these people.
“Being able to spend time there, you don’t realize it. Honestly, a lot of things happen in our country. We are not perfect and there are people who get hurt everyday in our country”. He went on to say: ““I went last year and I went in 2016. It doesn’t matter what you are, whether you are Muslim, whether you are Jewish or Christian, Israeli or Palestinian”.
“They are people and they go through many moments and situations “Our country is 400 years old and they’ve been going through suffering for 10,000 years. You start to see the world’s perspective, and it’s a very, very difficult area to be in. So I think we should all be aware of that,” concluded Mazulla.
Thus, in addition to Mazulla’s statement, the NBA also posted about the events of the War “The NBA and [the NBA Players Association] regret the terrible loss of life in Israel and condemn these acts of terrorism,” the NBA posted on X , the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
The league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, is Jewish. “We support the people of Israel and pray for peace for the entire region.” After that, several NBA teams relayed the league’s message.
Another American league that took a stand was MLB, which published a statement on Monday afternoon, writing in X that the league is “horrified by the acts of terrorism committed against the people of Israel” and is “heartbroken for the people of Israel”.
Another important figure who also spoke was Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, married to Israeli Mishel Gerzig, took to social media and published: “I am deeply saddened by the current situation. My sincere love and support goes out to my friends and family in Israel, with the hope that this nightmare will soon end.”
Another important figure who also spoke out was Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is married to Israeli Mishel Gerzig, took to his social media and said: “I am deeply saddened by the current situation. My sincere love and support goes out to my friends and family in Israel, with the hope that this nightmare will soon end.”
Namely, due to the events, the Israeli Premier League postponed the games scheduled for October 21st to 23rd, as well as the second division. Therefore, it is not yet known whether the teams Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa will be able to play their respective games in the UEFA Conference League and Europa League after the FIFA break.
Furthermore, Israeli referees will not officiate any UEFA matches due to the situation, as there are normally multiple refereeing teams that would normally be at multiple games during the international window.