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Israel’s Maccabi booed in Istanbul before kickoff (AP)

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Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer players arrive at Ataturk Airport under tight security in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Turkish police are taking measures to counter protests, including possible plans to invade the pitch, during a politically charged Europa League match Thursday between Besiktas and Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, amid  deepening tensions between the two countries after Israel refused to apologize for a raid on a Gaza-bound ship last year that killed nine activists, prompting Turkey to expel top Israeli diplomats and cut military ties with the country.(AP Photo)

Thousands of Turkish fans booed Maccabi Tel Aviv players as they went on the pitch to warm up ahead of their Europa League game against Besiktas on Thursday, prompting Turkish officials to start playing loud music to drown out the noise. Security was tight at Besiktas’ Inonu stadium in Istanbul amid tensions with Israel over its refusal to apologize for a raid on a Gaza-bound ship last year…

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