Footballer sent off for brutally arresting pitch invader who assaulted teammate
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s trip to face Maccabi Petah Tikva in the Israeli Premier League descended into chaos over the weekend after defender Edi Gotlieb was sent off for arresting a pitch invader.
The incident came at a score of 1-1, with the home side taking the lead after just four minutes thanks to former Israel international Mohammed Awaed.
The game was tied five minutes later thanks to Brazilian winger Farley Vieira Rosa, who was followed by 80 minutes of scoreless action.
However, the match will not be remembered for the action during play, with an incident involving an unwanted fan on the pitch and two of the traveling players leaving spectators in awe.
Not only did the fan delay the game before reaching the final whistle, but he also pushed the Hapoel Raz Twizer’s shoulder with some force before being sent to the box himself.
With Gotlieb grabbing the invader’s neck and watching his head smack in the grass, match referee Idan Layba showed him a red card after a conversation with his assistant and VAR.
The highlights of the clash have left Twitter users bewildered, and to make matters worse, the Israeli league currently has no system to withdraw red cards.
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In 2014, Maccabi player Eran Zahavi was approached by a pitch invader during a game, but was helped by security guards and other players and was eventually sent off.
One fan said of this week’s incident: “Imagine being the referee and making that call.”
With a second addition: “Unreal and I thought our arbitration here was a mess! “