Accused that he sexually assaulted the 20-year-old girlfriend of a friend of his.
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- Maccabi Haifa soccer player suspected of sexual assault (11/13/2005)
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By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz - November 13, 2005
A player for Maccabi Haifa, one of Israel's leading soccer teams, was arrested Sunday on suspicion that he sexually assaulted the 20-year-old girlfriend of a friend of his.
His remand was set at three days by the Netanya Magistrate's Court. The court also issued an injunction prohibiting the release of his name.
Police say the alleged assault took place Friday night. According to the charges, the three arrived at the player's friend's house in the Netanya area of central Israel and the player entered the room where his friend and the friend's girlfriend were sleeping. The young woman said the player tried to assault her more than once, but she resisted.
The player has denied the charges against him.
By Haaretz Sports Staff
Haaretz - November 15, 2005
In a separate off-the-field development, the Maccabi Haifa player suspected of sexual abuse and assault will appear again today before the Netanya Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing. The court is expected to agree to the defense's request to release the player from police custody, and place him under house arrest.
Police yesterday offered the suspect a polygraph test, but the player's lawyer, Moshe Sohemi, opposed the move, despite his client's consent. "If he comes out as telling the truth, will they release him?" Sohemi asked. "Why should he take a polygraph if it is an inadmissible test? The fact that he agreed to take the test indicates just how innocent he is."
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