Maccabi Haifa 298.88.
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Maccabi Haifa can extend its lead atop the Premier League standings to
12 points on Monday with a victory at Maccabi Petah Tikva.
on Sunday, the reigning champion was rocked by the news that gifted
18-year-old midfielder Eyal Golasa had flown to Italy without the
team’s permission and agreed to a four-and-a-half year deal with Serie
A club S.S. Lazio.
Haifa claims the player is under contract
with the Israeli club, but Golasa reportedly believes his agreement ran
out when he turned 18 last October. The misunderstanding seems to have
come about due to the fact that Golasa’s mother signed his contract at
Haifa as his guardian while he was still a youth player.
current status of the up-and-coming star is in question and further
developments are expected on this story in the coming days and weeks.
Haifa Football Club takes Eyal Golasa’s behavior very seriously,” the
club wrote in an official statement. “The player has a binding
agreement with the club. The club’s legal advisor Udi Shochatovitch has
been put in charge of the matter.”
Golasa, who is currently
injured and is set to miss the next two months, made his breakthrough
last season, appearing in 27 of Haifa’s 33 Premier League matches and
playing a supporting role in the team’s run to the championship.
was especially impressive in Haifa’s Champions League campaign this
season, but could now be on his way out of the club just a
year-and-a-half after joining from the Betar Nes Tubrok youth academy.
Tikva enters Monday’s match in its best form of the season having won
three of its last four games and drawing 0-0 with Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Hapoel will be hoping Petah Tikva can do it a favor on Monday after only managing a 3-3 draw with Maccabi Netanya on Saturday.
On Sunday, Ahi Nazareth climbed off the bottom of the standings with a 1-1 draw at Hapoel Ra’anana.
Gregory’s team played with 10 men from the second minute on after Rami
Duani was sent off, but Nazareth took the lead in the 54th minute
through Yaniv Luzon, only for Steven Cohen to equalize for Ra’anana
seven minutes from time.