Man arrested in Israel for approaching Isco with a knife

Asier Illarramendi scored the only goal as Spain ended World Cup qualifying on a high

Asier Illarramendi scored the only goal as Spain ended World Cup qualifying on a high

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

Instead, numerous news outlets across the planet started telling the story of an alleged knife attack on Real Madrid star Isco.

Six Israeli pitch invaders, including one allegedly carrying a knife, who were detained by police as they approached Spain footballers following Israel's 0-1 home loss at Jerusalem's Teddy stadium did not pose a threat to the visiting team, the Spanish football federation said on Tuesday.

He was immediately stopped by police, who weren't speculating on what his plans were.

IFA Communications director Shlomi Barzel told Marca: "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".

"Israel were well-organised at the back, especially in the first half, but we had more chances in the second, and the goal and win came".

Spain topped Group G with nine wins out of a possible win and a draw against Italy the only blot on their copybook.

Sadly, however, that's not stopped the Isco story from going viral.

Thoughts now turn to next summer's World Cup: "It will be hard because everyone wants to be there, but we will fight for it".

Spain beat Israel despite having already secured qualification.

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