Former Israeli Soccer Star Questioned in Connection to Sex-crime Case Involving Eyal Golan

Haim Revivo and singer Eyal Golan were summoned by police in connection to the 9-year-old case ■ Revivo denies all accusation

Haim Revivo (left) and Eyal Golan (center), 2010.
Haim Revivo (left) and Eyal Golan (center), 2010.Credit: קמחי מוטי

Former Israeli soccer star Haim Revivo was questioned by the police two weeks ago after the State Prosecutor’s Office asked for further investigation into the sexual misconduct case involving singer Eyal Golan.

The police were asked to complete further inquiries after new complaints were filed in the case and a few people close to Golan were questioned under caution as criminal suspects, including Revivo.

The story was first reported by Channel 13 News on Sunday evening. Revivo denies all the accusations.

The complaint was filed by the same woman who submitted a complaint against Golan nine years ago, but the new complaint included additional details about the events that required a re-examination of the case, said sources in the police and prosecution.

Israeli soccer player Haim Revivo at the UEFA Cup in Liverpool, England, 1998.Credit: Shaun Botterill / Allsport / Ge

An official with knowledge of the case said it was unlikely the new complaint would lead to any dramatic changes.

Three months ago, Revivo confessed and was convicted of aiding in a breach of trust as part of a plea bargain deal, in a case indicting Knesset member David Bitan of Likud.

As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors asked the court to sentence Revivo to only four months in prison – to be served as community service work – and a fine of 20,000 shekels.

The only person indicted in the Golan case, so far, was Golan’s father, Danny Biton, who was considered the main offender. He was convicted of several offenses, including pimping and pimping of minors, and was sentenced to two years in prison as part of a plea bargain. The cases against all the rest of the suspects were all closed without indictments for a lack of evidence.

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