At 18:15 in the evening, I arrived at the Moshava Stadium, ahead of the broadcast of the coronation game of Maccabi Haifa against Bnei Sakhnin, which is still fighting for a ticket to Europe.
As I got closer to the stadium, I saw more and more green fans, who came excited to celebrate with their idols the championship game.
When I entered the field, there was talk of canceling the game at the behest of the police as there was not a sufficient amount of ushers.
At first, it seemed to me too delusional to be real.
I thought it was a wolf wolf call from the police to wake someone in Sakhnin, and in the end someone would fold and the game would take place.
Still, we were already in Doha this season in a game that was postponed for an hour due to improper billboards (even then they threatened to cancel the game).
So having a championship game canceled an hour and a half before the opening whistle, does not sound likely.
Maccabi Haifa players have already arrived for the game, Photo: Alan Shiber
But what to do that this is our football, where the most unlikely thing becomes a reality.
Where every time you think you've reached the bottom of the well, you somehow manage to sink deeper.
There is nothing I love more than our football.
I was born into it, played with it and I am happy that I continue to live it even after retirement.
But this is what makes such situations even more painful.
It can not be, that in 2022, there are still collective penalties, closing stands, that there are radius penalties for individual rioters or pyrotechnic performances in the stands (I am sure the Cup will not close because of flares in the Liverpool stand in the Cup final).
It can not be that at the most important time of the season we come to the game in the new Bloomfield, and get only outside fans and 90% orphaned seats.
It does not make sense that the hours of play and their location are not fixed two months in advance, and there are no maximum prices for tickets.
And it certainly does not make sense that a game is canceled an hour and a bit before it opens when the fans are already at the venue.
It does not make sense to cancel a game that the fans have already arrived, Photo: Alan Shiver
It is said that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan, but here it is really not the case.
Bnei Sakhnin and the league administration must take responsibility for this terrible farce.
Not the SG, but the most senior.
And more importantly, to draw clear conclusions and make a profound and fundamental change so that the customers-audience, will receive the best conditions and continue to drive the industry.
What is worrying is that past experience shows that the dogs bark and the caravan passes.
So I really hope that the current low point, will make the team owners sit together at the end of the season, without combining tricks and sticks, and think together how to improve the product called Israeli football, how to change the necessary change and copy models that work elsewhere in Europe, all for the most important people Who drive the industry - the fans.
Because without them, our beloved industry has no right to exist.
The team bus that has already arrived for the game, Photo: Alan Shiver
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