Hapoel Tel Aviv’s trip to face Maccabi Petah Tikva in the Israeli Premier League descended into chaos at the weekend after defender Edi Gotlieb was sent off for stopping a pitch invader.
After four minutes, the score was 1-1. The home team took the lead thanks to Mohammed Awaed, a former youth international from Israel.
Five minutes later, the match was tied thanks to Farley Vieira Ros (Brazilian winger). The match was then followed by 80 minutes without any goals.
The game will be remembered for its action during play. However, spectators were left baffled by an incident between a fan and two travelling players.
Not only did the fan delay the game from reaching the final whistle, but he had also shoulder barged Hapoel player Raz Twizer with some force before being sent tumbling to the surface himself.
After a conversation with his assistant and VAR, Gotlieb grabbed the neck of the intruder and watched his head smash into the turf. He was then shown a straight red card by match referee Idan Layba.
Twitter users have been baffled by the clash’s highlights. The Israeli league doesn’t currently have a system to retract red card.
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Back in 2014, Maccabi player Eran Zahavi was approached by a pitch invader during a match but was helped by security guards and other players and ultimately sent off.
One fan said of this week’s incident: “Imagine being the ref and making this call.”
With a second adding: “Unreal and I thought our officiating here was a shambles!”