TEL AVIV, Israel - Two Israeli teams involved in an on-pitch brawl during a derby clash in Tel Aviv have been deducted points in the league, the Israeli Football Association said Tuesday, November 11.
Ten people were arrested after the November 3 match between Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv, which was abandoned after a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked a player who was sent off for fighting back.
Several more fans invaded the pitch and were tackled by security guards, as Maccabi players argued aggressively with the referee and linesmen, and the game was then called off after 33 minutes.
The teams were both deducted two points in the championship with a further three-point deduction suspended.
The result of the match will be recorded as 0-0 without either team taking a point in the game which was stopped at 1-1.
The disciplinary commission also ordered the closure of some of the supporters stands in both clubs for the next four matches.
"We judged that what happened during this match was particularly serious ... justifying severe sanctions," the federation said in a statement.
Hapoel announced they would be appealing a sanction they blasted as "unfair and radical".
The case of Maccabi defender Carlos Garcia, who faces disciplinary action for "conduct unbecoming" after he made hand gestures encouraging his team's supporters to invade the pitch, will be decided at a later stage.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has vowed criminal charges against those arrested, describing violence in the sport as a "national plague.” - Rappler.com