Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur reacts all the way throughout the Europa League third round qualifying match against Shkendija in Skopje, Macedonia on 24 September 2020.
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Maccabi Haifa were compelled to apologise to Tottenham on Wednesday after one amongst their gamers made an offensive comment about England captain Harry Kane in a social media video.
Haifa defender Mohammad Abu Fani posted a short clip last week wherein he perceived to counsel Kane would be “on” his genitals when the two golf equipment meet in a Europa League play-off on Thursday.
The Israeli facet were celebrating a victory over FC Rostov within the Europa League when the video was as soon as made.
Maccabi Haifa chief govt Assaf Ben-Dov attended the pre-match press convention to issue sorry sooner than the tie in north London.
“I operate now not usually support press conferences nonetheless this time I felt it fundamental to order up,” he acknowledged.
“Following the match in Rostov, Russia, one amongst our gamers (made an) irascible comment that does now not respect Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane.
“Our club condemns such behaviour. We are a club that advocates the person sooner than the player.
“I would pick on to make a decision this opportunity to apologise to Tottenham and Harry Kane, who we very much respect. We want them a successful season, thank you very great.”
Haifa manager Barak Bakhar claimed the video was as soon as now not linked, asserting: “Here is now not essentially a truly important thing, a truly important thing is the football and right here’s now not one thing that’s attention-grabbing or linked.”
However Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was as soon as responsive to the video and acknowledged several of his gamers were as properly.
“Their last match was as soon as in Rostov and after that they’d time for the entirety — they’d time to relaxation, to analyse,” Mourinho acknowledged.
“Had time to prepare the crew tactically and the actuality is that in this moment, my gamers — the handiest thing they learn about Maccabi is the funny video that the player did about us.”
Tottenham defender Matt Doherty had now not considered the video when he was as soon as requested about it, nonetheless acknowledged a taunt of that nature comprise a propensity as additional motivation.
After being told what the video contained, the finest-assist acknowledged: “Oh essentially. Positively it is probably you’ll maybe maybe maybe additionally spend that.
“We are excellent motivated as it is, with the gamers we comprise and the manager we comprise, I converse it is probably you’ll maybe maybe maybe additionally spend that as one thing rather bit additional to cover them who the bosses are right here.
“It is one thing that will maybe well additionally get talked about nonetheless I even comprise to witness the video first of all, I may maybe well comprise a note after this.”