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Friday, April 20, 2012
Israel's top leagues suspend play

Associated Press

JERUSALEM -- The head of Israel's soccer association says he has suspended the rest of the matches in the top two divisions this weekend because of on-field violence.

Israel Football Association chief Avi Luzon called off Saturday's Premier League and National League games after players brawled at the end of a match between Hapoel Ramat Gan and Bnei Lod on Friday.

Luzon told Channel 2 TV, "I don't want someone getting killed on the football field, heaven forbid. With all due respect to football, I don't want football played tomorrow after today's events."

Luzon has been criticized for failing to rein in the mounting violence at soccer games this year. But he won't resign, saying "it's not my fault," adding he wants police officers at games.