The Supreme Court of the Israel Football Association decided on Sunday morning to slightly shorten the suspension sentence of Maccabi Haifa midfielder Bassem Za'arora, and ruled that he will be out for 12 games instead of the original decision, which was 15 games of suspension.
The decision was made by three judges, headed by the head of the court, Prof. Miguel Deutsch, with Adv. Ben Zion Farhi and Adv. Nazi Halabi accepting the unanimous decision.
Regarding Hapoel Sheva midfielder Shafi Suleimanov, it was decided not to commute his sentence and he remained on 12 games of suspension. Even so, Suleimanov is not expected to continue in the Negev capital next season, so the punishment will mainly hurt the player and not the southern club.
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Bassem Za'arora and Shafi Suleimanov were the main ones involved in the brawl at the end of the match between Hapoel Be'Sheva and Maccabi Haifa in the second round of the top playoffs. Suleimanov punched Dolev Haziza in the face while Zaura hit Adrian Paun in the neck after the latter stepped on his leg.
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