Soccer: Eight U-21 players charged for gambling

The IFA is expected to hand the players short suspensions.

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Eight of Israel's under-21 national team players will face an Israeli Football Association tribunal on Wednesday after being charged on Monday by IFA prosecutor Shalom Eben-Ezra of violating the national team's ethical code. Idan Srur, Naor Pesser, Lior Rafaelov, Rami Doani, Shay Maimon, Lior Jan, Omer Peretz and Aviram Bruchian have all admitted to gambling during a card game the night before the side's friendly match against Ukraine last Wednesday. The players had initially denied the claims which were first made public by Sport 5, however after being told that confessing to the charges would ensure they receive a lighter punishment, all eight Premier League players sent apology letters to IFA chairman Itzhak Iche Menahem and came clean about gambling on the eve of their team's match. "The accused took part in a game of cards in which money was involved the night before the under-21 side's match against Ukraine," the indictment read. "All the players, without exception, admitted to the charges and were remorseful." The IFA is expected to hand the players short suspensions that will not affect the team's preparations for this summer's European under-21 Championships in Holland.