Police, soccer players scuffle after match

Police, soccer players scuffle after match

Officers detain Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Toto Tamuz over incident, which broke out after he confronted cops for arresting his cousin

Police arrested a player from the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club on Saturday after a scuffle broke out between officers and team members at the end of a match against Hapoel Ashkelon.

According to Hebrew media reports, the fight started after police detained a cousin of Hapoel’s Toto Tamuz for throwing a bottle onto the field, after which Tamuz violently confronted police.

As the situation escalated, fellow Hapoel player Orel Dgani and team trainer Rami Ingel entered the fray in an apparent attempt to separate the sides, although police told Channel 2 that they struck the officers.

Pictures from after the brawl showed Ingel with a number of bruises on his face.

Tamuz was arrested for his involvement in the incident, with police saying that that he swore at the officers and pulled on their shirts.

Although he was later released, police will likely charge Tamuz over the incident, according to the Haaretz daily.

Following the fight, fans of Hapoel Tel Aviv threw objects and smoke grenades onto the field. Police also confiscated a number of smoke grenades and other pyrotechnic devices during the game.

The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

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