Summary: Maccabi Bnei Rayna - Maccabi Tel Aviv 2:0 (Sport 1)
Exactly two months after they last sat in gates 10-11 in Bloomfield, Maccabi Tel Aviv fans will return to these stands in the game on Saturday at 3:00 PM against Hapoel Hadera.
As a reminder, the court of the Football Association imposed a severe punishment on the team for the events of the Tel Aviv derby and in three home games, against Ness Ziona and Hapoel Haifa in the league and against Hapoel Jerusalem in the Toto Cup, the club had a limited audience since gates 10-11 were closed.
The last time Bloomfield was open without restriction, Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Netanya 0:3.
The match against Ness Ziona ended in a 1:1 draw and the match against Hapoel Haifa Maccabi Tel Aviv managed to win deep in extra time with a goal by George Jovanovic.
This coming Saturday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hopes to once again see numbers that will hover around 25,000 spectators, after the team returned the other day from Manef HaGil with a 0:2 victory over Bnei Rayna.
The fact that it is an early afternoon with no rain expected and also that we are during the days of the Hanukkah holiday, also add to the expectation that a very large crowd will come.
But Maccabi Tel Aviv not only want to see Bloomfield almost full on Saturday.
The club also hopes not to appear in court again in the coming season and especially not to be punished by closing stands and radius games.
The team faces a suspended sentence until the end of the radius game season for any offense of racism.
The punishment was given following the events that took place in the match against Hapoel Umm Al Fahem in the State Cup ten days ago.
As part of the preparation to prevent similar cases and in order to remind the fans that by wrongdoing, they can harm their team, yesterday the management of Maccabi Tel Aviv sent personal messages to every fan who purchased a ticket for the away game against Bnei Rayna.
The message sent reads: "We missed our team like crazy and no less important than that you, who are coming with us to the away game against Bnei Rayna. We remind you that the team faces heavy suspended sentences for racist chants. We push Maccabi and avoid anything that would harm you and the club. Come on Maccabi! ".
The stands will reopen.
Maccabi Tel Aviv fans (photo: Danny Maron)
Maccabi Tel Aviv captain Sharan Yeni also spoke about the matter a day before the game at the press conference in Kiryat Shalom and asked the fans to only engage in positive encouragement.
The game in the Galilee landscape went smoothly and the message from the club probably got through.
It was Parfa Giagon who received snarls when he warmed up to enter from some boys who were Benny Reina fans and last night he even published a post on Instagram against them.
Maccabi Tel Aviv backed up their connection, but added that Saeed Bassol, the team's owner, was quick to silence the boys and added that hosting the local team was particularly satisfying when a Rav was brought to the stadium to bless the Hanukkah candles.
Before the game against Hapoel Hadera, the team hopes to return and see a higher utilization of situations, although the club knows that it will be a difficult game in which Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to deal with the bunker that Asaf Nemani will prepare for them.
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