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from Haaretz.

Six Bnei Sakhnin players were arrested yesterday and confessed to shoplifting in Ben-Gurion Airport's duty-free mall. The six admitted to stealing perfume bottles worth $4,000, and after an initial investigation police allowed them to board their flight to Spain. The investigation caused the flight to depart 50 minutes late.

The pre-flight preparations had started out like any other for a team going to Europe - with a press conference. The team was on its way to meet La Coruna for the return match of the third round of the Intertoto Cup. Ironically, coach Freddy David said before the players visited the duty-free shops that "I don't know the term 'no chance' in sports. If we steal an early goal in the opening minutes, things will turn out differently."

The six team members are players Abed Rabbah, Khaled Khalaila, Mosa Sha'ban, Alaa Abu Saleh, and Mahmud Kannadli as well as trainer Alaa Genaim. They were milling through one of the James Richardson shops with one other player and didn't notice an undercover agent employed by the store posing as a customer. At one point the agent noticed team members quickly stuffing packages of perfume into their carry-on bags. The agent alerted store security officers, who called airport police. The police arrived shortly and arrested the seven suspects.

Once it came out that the suspects were soccer-team members a small commotion broke out in the store, and the police took the players to a side room for questioning. A search revealed perfume bottles in six of the suspects' bags, and the seventh team member was released when it was determined he was not tied to the shoplifting.

The six team members confessed, and the police let them board the plane after the players promised to appear for further questioning when they return from Spain, if necessary.

The police will check whether any of the alleged acts were caught by security cameras.

"All the passengers gathered around us, and it simply was an embarrassing event for us," said a member of the delegation. "After we've finished our mission and return, we'll have time to deal with this wisely, and everyone will get their due."

The club took the news in shock, but officials expressed hope the whole matter would turn out to be lies. "We shouldn't judge them before it's proven that they did it. We will wait until they land in Spain and then know from the players what exactly happened," said Sakhnin spokesman Mundar Halaila.

Team chairman Mazen Genaim, who stayed in Israel, declined to comment before receiving a report from management. A member of the front office who asked not to be named said before the flight that "all the passengers gathered around us. It was simply an embarrassing event for all of us. Let's finish our job first, and when we return we'll be all the wiser to take care of this matter. Everyone will get his just punishment."

Sakhnin fans looked dumbfounded and found it hard to digest the report. "I'm ashamed to be a fan of a team of thieves," one fan said."No one will come out of this innocent. The fact they were investigated means they're guilty. We won't forgive them, and we'll ask that they be punished in accordance with Islam - by cutting off the hand."

Shaher Halaila, an executive for Bnei Sakhnin, commented, "We'll wait for them to return. They will be punished severely by the club over and above the law, and we will weigh their future with the team."
 

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The comment in bold gives me the creeps. Corporal punishment is quite barbaric IMO, and to say that every investigation automatically means guilty is simply nonsense, why would otherwise courts exist if it were that simple that nobody gets taken to court per mistake??

Anyway, the event is quite embarrassing and that regular passangers saw their flight delayed is the worst. What if those people had a connecting flight in Spain and now face extra costs for booking new tickets and possible hotels due to missing their connection? If the shoplifters were no footballers, the flight would not have been delayed and the shoplifter would be spending the night in a police cell in Tel Aviv...
 

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Shame!! I was surprised when i read it yesterday, i thought it was a misunderstanding, but apparently it is true and they tryed to steal from the store.
This is something embrassing, a team like this can´t represent us in Europe. Then they talk about the jews, but when they are given opportunity they behave like this.
A good way to start their season, already with a crisis and the management said they will take some attitude regarding the incident, even though i doubt it since there is a Genaim in the middle of the names, don´t know if they are related to Mazen Genaim, Sakhnin boss.
 

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I stole from the Richardson store as well and i didnt get caught :devil: bwahahahahaha

but yea, it is a shame... I mean, its stupid to get caught like this, but to be punished my the team is not smart. I mean, they will get booked and all, but in a way its stupid what they did..... Especailly when most of them make between 60 to 150,000 USD. Buying stuff in duty free is nothing for them...why steal?

It seems that we like to do stuff off the pitch when going abroad: e.g - go to casinos after a loss, prostitutes and now shoplifting....

this is no a B. Sachnin issue, but an Israeli issue.... sad!
 

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I support the Sakhnin fans in their quest to introduce proper punishments in football though. It would make the referee's role more interesting. New guidelines:

handsball in the box = cutting off the hand
2-legged tackle from behind = cutting off the foot
any sort of physical provocation outside of play = 50 lashes

Punishments to be executed on the pitch during halftime and after the game.
 
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