Don´t be brainwashed by the media. The average Arab is not anti-western. To the contrary, the islamophobia in Europe is far worse and I am deeply ashamed of it, many Europeans can learn a lot from the solidarity that still exists in some islamic societies (of course their politicians are messed up individuals but that goes for lot of countries and says nothing about the regular citizens). The average Arab is much more tolerant than the average European nowadays, however they have bad politicians (but then, same goes for several European countries)
And anti-American? Well, I got nothing against their people and got several US citizens that are good friends... But purely political I am anti-american as well. The moment we got green light for political discussions I´ll be happy to explain my stands. Most of my American friends hate the US administration themselves and so do many Europeans.
Anyways, we all know Iran is amongst the most extreme regimes when it comes to their hatred against Israel. Their politicians are very aggresive, however Adminajad (I hope I spell this correctly
) did not deny the holocaust. Ahminajad did say Israel should not exist and such, which is of course unacceptable speech. This football player either has no mind for himself and is brainwashed by his politicians, or either he doens´t dare to speak out because he´s afraid that he or his relatives back home could be targets if he dares to speak out against his political leaders.
PS: some Belgian and French politicians said the holocaust was just a detail in history or denied it - for which I feel equally ashamed as for those politicians who are islamophobic (and worst of all, some are both antisemitic and islamophobic at the same time)
Whenever I read about politics and elections in Europe, I feel embarrassed and ashamed towards my Muslim friends and Jewish friends... Anyways, I won´t dig into this issue until we get green light for political discussions.
Back to sports: Hapoel need to get the points in their home games and probably can get a result in Vienna as well. Anything in Glasgow and Hamburg is a bonus, but it´s not there that they need to get the necessary points, so I´d say: play without pressure, keep in mind you got nothing to lose, and follow your own strength and then maybe a shock result is possible.