Soccer player injured after allegedly headbutted, kicked

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.
Several of Khatib’s teeth were broken and he lost consciousness for several minutes before being taken to hospital.
Petah Tikva’s 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.
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