Soccer players appears to deface Israeli flag on FIFA Legends uniform

A Saudi Arabian soccer player, competing in a “legends” soccer game in Qatar, appeared to scribble out the Israeli flag on his uniform, according to images shared on social media.

Nawaf Al-Temyat, playing for the FIFA Arab Legends in a game on Friday against the FIFA World Legends at an exhibition event ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup final, was seen with a defaced Israeli flag on his uniform.

T-shirts for the friendly match carried the flags of all 211 FIFA member states, including Israel.

There was no immediate comment from FIFA.

The incident comes after three Algerian players withdrew from the match in protest at the opposing team’s Israeli coach, Avram Grant.

Rabah Madjer, Rafik Saïfi and Rafik Halliche all decided they would not play in the game over Grant’s involvement as coach and player for the World Legends team.