Violent scenes followed Derby's defeat 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Tel Aviv was still trying to come to terms on Tuesday with the violence
that followed Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to Maccabi Tel Aviv and its significant
Bloomfield Stadium looked more like a war zone than a
soccer arena in the aftermath of one of the most heated derby matches in recent
memory which ended with Hapoel fans hurling onto the pitch anything they could
get their hands on.
Referee Menashe Mashiah and his team, who were the
main targets, were stranded on the pitch for over 15 minutes together with
Maccabi players as the limited police force in the stadium failed to safely
escort them into the dressing rooms.
Police arrested 24 Hapoel fans, with
one Maccabi supporter spending the night in hospital after being hit by a flare
thrown from outside the stadium ahead of the kickoff.
Football Association charged Hapoel on Tuesday with unsporting conduct, unruly
fan behavior and the entering of fans onto the field of play.
players Avihai Yadin and Salim Toama, who were sent off in stoppage time, also
face serious consequences, with Yadin being charged with the attempt to bodily
harm the referee, insulating the referee and disorderly conduct, while Toama was
charged with insulating the referee and disorderly conduct.
were suspended indefinitely by Hapoel on Tuesday.
“The violence began in
the 90th minute when Maccabi Tel Aviv player Eliran Atar was hit on the head by
a cigarette lighter,” Mashiah wrote in his report to the IFA.
Toama who were supposed to be away from the playing field as they were sent off,
raced towards me at the final whistle and Yadin would have assaulted me had he
not been stopped by a member of Hapoel’s management.
“I have never seen
such disgraceful behavior by a soccer player.”
Hapoel and its players
will discover their fate in the IFA’s disciplinary court on Sunday, with the
club likely to be deducted points as well as being punished to host several of
its home matches away from Bloomfield.
The court is likely to activate
the suspended two-point deduction sentence it handed Hapoel in October for
unruly behavior and could even decide to increase it.
A hefty fine is
also all but guaranteed.
“Police, the judicial system, the media and the
IFA need to combine forces to eradicate the violence,” IFA chairman Avi Luzon
said on Tuesday.
“We are not far from the day when we will witness the
loss of life in a stadium. I call on the fans to stop with their anger towards
their opponents. That hurts the game we all love. “Only supporting your
team will lead it to the achievements you desire.”
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