Beitar Jerusalem have been sanctioned severely after their fans invaded the pitch during the Israeli Cup final last weekend, according to press reports on Friday.

Four minutes before time, with Beitar leading Maccabi Herzliya 1-0, thousands of their supporters ran on to the pitch. The premature celebrations robbed their club of the trophy as, unable to clear the field so play could continue, the referee suspended the match, giving victory to Maccabi by default.

The Israeli Football Federation have ordered that the club be deducted two points this season and four points next season. Beitar have also been ordered to play four matches behind closed doors and were fined NIS 30,000 (6,000 euros).