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October 29, 2017

Tablet Fails to Clarify Alleged Knife Incident at Soccer Game

Oct. 31 Update: Tablet Corrects: Report of Israeli Soccer Fan Wielding Knife Unfounded

The Tablet has failed to clarify an article which claimed that an Israeli soccer fan stormed the field with a knife at a game in Jerusalem earlier this month when the Israeli national team lost to its Spanish rivals ("Spain ends Israel's World Cup Dreams"). The subheadline stated: "And, seeking revenge, Israel fan charges the field with a knife." In addition, the article's final sentence stated that a fan who charged the field "was carrying a knife."

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Yet, according to AFP in Times of Israel ("Israeli police dismiss report of knife incident at Spanish match"):

Israeli police dismissed on Tuesday local media reports that a pitch invader who ran towards Spanish attacker Isco at a World Cup qualifier in Jerusalem was carrying a knife. . . .

Other Israeli media reported the allegation, but police and football officials denied it.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP no knife was found inside the stadium.

A spokesman for the Israeli Football Association confirmed a fan ran toward Isco but said “no knife has been found.”

Though The Tablet initially indicated that it would issue a correction, as of this writing, editors have yet to do so.

Meanwhile, Ynet, which appears to be the first media outlet to report the unconfirmed knife incident as fact, has amended a headline which stated as fact that a fan who charged the field was carrying a knife. The initial headline stated: "World Cup qualifiers: Israeli fan arrested with knife near Spanish national team player."

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Following communication from CAMERA, Ynet editors slightly modified the headline, qualifying the claim that the fan carried a knife as a "report."

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The article itself nevertheless still casts the unfounded knife claim as fact and ignores the police and soccer official statements that there was no knife.

Posted by TS at October 29, 2017 06:03 AM

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