FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Manchester City Manager Ignoring An Israeli Representative?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows Manchester City Soccer Manager Pep Guardiola ignored an Israeli representative at a recent match.

Screenshot from Instagram.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The man in the video is not an Israeli representative.

Fact Check:

The Israel Defense Force recently announced that they have taken control of most of the Gaza-Egypt border and found several tunnels within, BBC reported. Israel now has control over the entire land border of Gaza, according to the outlet.

A post shared on Instagram alleges Guardiola shook hands with several people sitting in the front row of the stadium and clearly ignored an Israeli representative near the group. The video shows an Israeli flag and yellow circle appearing over the alleged representative.

The caption reads, “In yet another viral video, a Man City manager ignores and refuses to shake hands with an Israeli representative.”

The claim is inaccurate. The video does not show an Israeli representative, but rather Alan Smith, the former Crystal Palace manager. Sports Bible reported that it was unclear why Guardiola seemed to snub Smith as he shook hands with other senior officials standing by.  (RELATED: Is The US Transferring Weapons To Israel Through The Gaza Pier?)

Furthermore, the video dates back to August 2023, before the recent conflict in Gaza. The post claims, “Pep Guardiola shithousery at its fines…. Completely blanks Alan Smith.”

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that a video showed the Taliban shooting down a Pakistani helicopter.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter