In the Israeli League game between rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv, Sofoklis Schortsanitis went into the crowd after some fans in the stands supposedly used a racial taunt against him........
Here is a link with video of him being escorted out by security:
Here is a story in English:
Sofo attacked the stands of Hapoel
The 83-80 road win of Maccabi Tel Aviv over Hapoel Tel Aviv, for the domestic Israeli League, was marked by the unprofessional behavior of Greek center Sofoklis Shortsanitis. After the end of the game, Big Sofo attacked the stands of the home fans, as you can see in this report and video. According to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s sources, their player was provoked by racist chants, however, this kind of outburst is unacceptable, especially when among the fans there are children, like in this case, the four year old son of Hapoel’s coach, Erez Edelshtein. Sofo was escorted by his teammates to the locker room, while Hapoel is asking for his banishment from the league, until the end of the season.
“I will rape your daughter and son”
Maccabi Tel Aviv issued an official press release about the Sofo incident, and as it was expected, the club supports the Greek center. As it’s explained, Schortanitis was provoked by a particular fan, still the player is expected to be fined and punished with missing a number of games in the Israeli League
The text of the press release is the following: “Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club rejects and condemns any kind of violence – both physical and verbal, which is often severe and no less harmful – and makes it clear that it has no place on the sports court. We expect the players, even in the most severe cases, to find the strength of mind to hold back.
Maccabi will conduct a comprehensive investigation of a disciplinary issue, and will learn in depth the details of the event, and the club will take a decision on the matter, which will be published later.
As it’s already known, the incident occurred after the final buzzer of the game against Hapoel Tel Aviv, when Sofoklis Schortsanitis was heading to the locker rooms – and even though this is an area that should be sterile and the players protected in a hostile environment – a Hapoel Tel Aviv basketball fan from the stands, hung on the tunnel, leaning on the end of it, spat on him, and cursed at him, using terrible and racist slurs. Among other things, the fan shouted: “I will rape your daughter and your son “. Αfter that, he started to run.
Contrary to the reports about injuries, those accusations are groundless. The player did not hit and hurt anyone. Contrary to reports that the player “trampled over children,” it can be clearly seen in the video of the incident that the none of the children were hurt, and the fans in the stands are the people who provoked the incident. The player was blocked by security guards and did not hit anyone”.