The religious and traditional fans of Beitar Jerusalem announced today (Sunday) a protest against the club. This, in light of the fact that the team's upcoming game against MS Ashdod will also take place on Saturday at noon, for the second time this season, contrary to the club's policy during the past years that the games were are held on Mochash.
In a statement on behalf of the organizers of the protest, it was stated: "We are a large group of Beitar fans, we purchased a subscription this year and in previous years with the clear knowledge that Beitar games will not be played on Shabbat. Now, after more than a decade, we are witnessing a change in trend. That is why we decided to act and protest on two levels; 1. Next year don't buy a subscription, but buy a ticket for the game if it doesn't take place on Shabbat of course. 2. Don't give our personal subscription to Beitar fans who want to come to the game on Shabbat and who don't have a ticket or subscription." According to various estimates, this is between 1000 and 2500 Subscribers who cannot attend the games on Saturday.
Beitar claim that in the summer they hardly knew if there would be a club or not, so this was not on their mind, and in addition, the chairman of the board, Erez Kalfon, stated that Beitar will also play on Saturday this season, and as was the case against Nes Ziona, they will In the game against Ashdod, a special goal in favor of the Jerusalem Shabbat Observers, but of course this is not an ideal solution and discriminates against hundreds and maybe more subscribers who do not live in Jerusalem and purchased a subscription in the summer, but will not be able to attend the game.
Beitar Jerusalem responded that: "The Beitar "Gasham" Jerusalem football club does everything in its power to make the team's games accessible to all types of audiences, whatever they may be. The hours and dates of the games are determined by the league director and the broadcast franchisee. In games played on Saturdays, the club will continue to operate gates A unique entry for Shabbat keepers in order to ensure their entry in the proper manner. We are attentive to all fans of the team, wherever they are."
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