Israel FA deny Isco approached by knife-wielding fan after Spain clash

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The governing body says reports that a supporter who invaded the field of play before being apprehended are false

The Israeli Football Association has denied claims that a supporter who approached Spain forward Isco following a World Cup qualifier was carrying a knife.

Six fans invaded the pitch following Monday’s fixture in Jerusalem. All of those to have entered the field were apprehended by police forces before they could reach the Spanish players and were subsequently arrested.

According to Ynet, one of those concerned dropped a knife onto the playing surface as he made his way towards Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

However, there was no immediate response from security authorities regarding the report and a police spokesman played down the incident after the match.

Micky Rosenfeld told the EFE news agency: "There were no security incidents. The usual security measures were taken last night, during and after the game."

The home side's governing body, however, have stated that the reports of a sighting of a knife were false.

"According to all the information we have, there is no evidence or indication that a knife was carried by anyone who ran onto the field," IFA communications director Shlomi Barzel is quoted as saying by Marca.

"We do not know yet where these reports have come from, they are false.

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"I do not think Spain have been welcomed to a stadium outside of their country with as much affection as they were here.

"Especially Isco, who was the subject of many positive chants and banners, as were all of the players out on the pitch."

Israel fans had left the stands after seeing their side suffer a 1-0 defeat in their final qualification fixture.

A solitary strike from Asier Illarramendi settled the contest, with the Real Sociedad midfielder firing home from outside the box in the 76th minute.

His spectacular effort wrapped up the points for Spain, but had no bearing on the respective fates of the two sides on display.

The 2010 World Cup winners were already assured of their place at next summer’s showpiece in Russia, while Israel knew that they would be missing out.

The hosts could, however, face sanctions as a result of the actions of a minority, who had been part of a capacity crowd at the Teddy Stadium.

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