Barcelona have concluded their ‘Peace Tour’ to Israel and Palestine with a football clinic in Tel Aviv.
The Blaugrana expedition participated in the initiative alongside 40 children from both countries, some of them with disabilities, which took place in the Israeli capital’s Bloomfield Stadium in front of 15,000 spectators.
The kids took to the pitch wearing white t-shirts emblazoned with the word ‘Peace’ in English, Catalan and Hebrew, while at the beginning of the session the crowd displayed a giant mosaic.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, who hailed Barca as “ambassadors of peace”, was also in attendance and even kicked a ball to Lionel Messi as proceedings got underway.
Six groups of Israeli and Palestinian children of different ages took part in a coaching clinic with the Barça players, practising passing, shooting and dribbling, and afterwards the team trained by itself before giving away free signed jerseys and balls.
The visit was a brief stopover for the Spanish champions en route to their tour of Asia, which kicks off in Thailand before moving on to Malaysia.