Olmert brother knocks out reporter

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The brother of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has knocked an Israeli sports reporter unconscious.

Basketball executive Irmi Olmert was apparently upset over some on-air comments by a reporter for Israel's Channel 5 sports network.

Mr Olmert confronted him after a game and ended up punching him in the face, briefly knocking him unconscious.

Sport 5 footage of the incident last night shows the two arguing, followed by a loud thump and then the reporter lying motionless on the basketball court.

The actual punch is not captured, but Mr Olmert is heard saying: "I'll show you for speaking to me that way. I punched him. Did you hear what he said about me?"

Israeli police have questioned Mr Olmert, while the reporter was hospitalised and later released.