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Eight of Israel's national under-21 soccer team players were found guilty of violating the team's ethical code Wednesday evening. The players were fined NIS 2,200 each and are on probation. If any of them violate the code again, he will face a suspension from all national team squads until May 2010.
Idan Srur, Naor Pesser, Lior Rafaelov, Rami Doani, Shay Maimon, Lior Jan, Omer Peretz and Aviram Bruchian all admitted to gambling during a card game the night before the side's friendly match against Ukraine last week and have all accepted the Israel Football Association's sentence.
The punishment allows them to take part in the preparations for the European Under-21 Championship in Holland, as long as they don't breach the rules once again.
The players had initially denied the claims, but after being told that confessing to the charges would ensure a lighter punishment, all eight Premier League players sent apology letters to IFA chairman Itzhak "Itche" Menahem and came clean.