Maccabi Haifa FC coach Ronni Levy was injured in a terrorist attack in Israel that killed 19 people on Saturday afternoon.
Admitted to hospital
Levy was admitted to the local Rambam hospital while two other club officials, general manager Itamar Chizik and technical manager Ariye Borstein, sustained minor injuries in the incident. All were later released from hospital.
"We were sitting in the Maxim restaurant having lunch when the explosion occurred," said Chzik. "It must have been a massive blast because my ears are still buzzing. Luckily, we were not facing the entrance so we are just slightly wounded."
Players on the scene
The Maxim restaurant is a popular meeting place with Maccabi Haifa players, and captain and Israeli international defender Arik Benado and Israeli Under-21 international Yaniv Katan were both making their way to the restaurant when the bomb went off. They arrived on the scene minutes later.
"After speaking to the three who were being treated at Rambam hospital I can confirm that they are okay," said club owener Ya'acov Schahar. "This is devastating news for everyone, and I'm still waiting for further updates."
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