Hapoel Tel Aviv is in turmoil after the violent incident in the final minutes of the 1: 1 against Maccabi Petah Tikva tonight (Saturday) at the Moshava Stadium. In extra time, a fan burst onto the grass, hit the team player Raz Twisser hard and ran towards Eddie Gottlieb. The fan was preparing to hit the brake, but Gottlieb overtook him, gave him a blow and lowered him to the ground.
Referee Idan Leiba acted in accordance with the constitution and handed Gottlieb a red card, which angered the players and staff of Hapoel Tel Aviv. The brakeman, who looked shocked, told team members: “I saw he was coming to hit me and I had to defend myself.“
Ben Bitton was very upset and said: “I did not see anything like that. A fan entered the field, hit Twisser, Eddie just defended. He felt threatened, it did not make sense for a player to be threatened on the grass and not be able to defend himself. Instead of football, everyone deals with it. “It can not be, we must protect the players. It is absurd that the constitution requires expulsion. No matter how delusional a player is, he must not be able to defend himself. It must change. No matter who is responsible, it simply must change.“
Maccabi Petah Tikva coach Guy Luzon said at the end of the game: “Crazy first half, game from coast to coast. We reached 3.4 goal situations, the real opportunities were ours. The draw reflects, with an advantage for us. There is no pressure in the team, the pressure does not exist “The players give 100 percent. We do not always win, but we did not lose to good rivals. If we continue to show the ability of the first half, we will bring the points.“
On the game against Maccabi Haifa, Luzon said: “Maccabi Haifa is the best in the country in Pur and it will make the easiest championship that has been here. But I will never sign a draw, in any game and against any opponent.“
Muhammad Awad, who scored his first goal in the Maccabi Petah Tikva uniform: “It’s fun to score, but I’m disappointed because we could have won. We could have scored at least three goals. We are disappointed, angry, we have to start winning. How? Be more focused in front of goal, me too.“