Maccabi Haifa lost further ground on the Premier League’s pacesetters on Sunday
night, losing 2-1 at Ironi Kiryat Shmona.
The Greens looked to have
recovered from their disastrous start to the season after recording four
straight wins. However, they could only manage a draw against lowly Hapoel Ramat
Hasharon last week and find themselves a massive 14 points behind
defending-champion Maccabi Tel Aviv following Sunday’s setback.
Turgeman handed Haifa the lead with a clinical finish in the 43rd minute, only
for Ofir Mizrahi to equalize in first-half stoppage time after a melee in the
Barak Badash headed in the winner against the run of play in
the 68th minute to lift Kiryat Shmona up to fourth place ahead of
Earlier Sunday, Israel national team assistant coach Yossi Abuksis
was named as Bnei Yehuda’s new boss. Abuksis led Bnei Yehuda to a third-place
finish in the 2011/12 season before leaving to coach Hapoel Tel Aviv.
hasn’t guided a club side since he was sacked by the reds in February after a
poor run of results. Bnei Yehuda, which has been without a head coach since Dror
Kashtan resigned three weeks ago, is rooted to the bottom of the standings after
picking up just two points from its past 13 matches, falling to a 1-0 loss at
Ashdod SC on Saturday for its fifth straight defeat.
referees Ziv Adler, Daniel Bar-Natan and Nissan Davidi were suspended from
officiating this coming weekend after breaching the regulations during Maccabi
Tel Aviv’s 5-0 victory over Hapoel Acre on Saturday.
his decision to award Acre a penalty seven minutes from halftime after being
told to do so by fourth official Adler, who reviewed the incident in a TV
replay, which is not allowed according to current FIFA regulations.
initially denying the claims, the referees admitted on Sunday to breaking the
rules, explaining that they wanted to make sure they made the right
Besides the suspension, the referees’ association also
recommended on Sunday that the three not be allowed to officiate any
professional matches in the next three weeks.
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