ALI KHATIB and coach Tal Banin 370.
(photo credit: Hapoel Haifa website)
A brawl broke out Saturday night at the soccer match between Maccabi
Petah Tikva and Hapoel Haifa, at the end of which Haifa midfielder Ali
Khatib was taken to hospital.
Khatib was allegedly headbutted by
Petah Tikva’s goalkeeping coach before being kicked while on the ground
by a man supposedly connected to the Petah Tikva management. The two men were detained and remanded to custody until Monday at 4 p.m.
Several of Khatib’s teeth were broken and he lost consciousness for several minutes before being taken to hospital. He was released overnight Saturday.
Tikva’s Danny Preda, as well as Haifa’s Gal Arel and Stefan Denkovic, were
sent off for their part in the melee, with Petah Tikva also set to face
further punishment from the Israel Football Association after referee
Asaf Keinan files his report of the incident.
“Everyone has had enough of
these types of incidents,” Haifa coach Tal Banin said. “This should not be part
of sports. I just hope that Khatib will recover.”