Summary of the victory of Beitar Jerusalem 1:2 over Hapoel Tel Aviv (Sport1)
Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem stood trial yesterday (Wednesday) for the match between them in the last round. This happened a week after both stood trial following the events of the previous match between them at Teddy Stadium, for which Beitar was punished by closing the eastern stand for three games (a punishment that was reduced to one game after appeal), and Hapoel Tel Aviv was ordered to drop a point on a conditional basis for a year in the event that its fans cause a stoppage of play again.
Yesterday the discussion touched on the last Sabbath, the grunts, the throwing of objects from the stands, the defiance of Danilo Asperia and the chaos that followed.
Beitar was also prosecuted for the distillation and racist chants against Bnei Sakhnin.
In every big game in which Hapoel Tel Aviv is involved and both teams are on trial, the subject of association prosecutor Nir Rashef's sympathy for the red team automatically jumps up and generates a lot of noise.
This happens in almost every derby, it happened a week ago with Beitar and the club's announcement against the plaintiff, and yesterday its fans also circulated quotes from Rashef on the networks, alleging that his statements in court were incorrect. of the plaintiff of the association and his sympathy for Hapoel Tel Aviv come to the fore. This is not a healthy thing, but as long as this is the existing reality, there will always be those who stand up and cry out.
The club is in their hands.
Beitar Jerusalem fans (photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
But all these things, including the clubs' claims at the tribunal that "a small object was thrown", "no damage was caused", "there were no racist chants", "how did the observer hear from such a distance" and more, these are defensive claims of lack of choice.
The clubs know they don't have too much to do about it and are just trying to sweeten the pill, drop one radius game, reduce the fine or convert an actual punishment to a suspended one.
In the case of Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv, the problem is much more difficult. On paper, these are big clubs, but any club that cannot compete with the big three and win titles, is a prisoner in the hands of its audience. The minor who was delayed, but in practice? Everyone is trembling from the extreme part of the audience and knows that if they open a front with him, they will lose.
Barak Abramov and Kafir Adri know that the economic damages of pyrotechnics, throwing objects and racist chants are far beyond the financial fine or a closed radio/stand game.
Regarding racist chants, Beitar's image is so bad that every time the issue comes up and she is prosecuted, it drives away another sponsor or donor who was on the agenda. This year, Beitar was surprised by the number of fans who came to support each game, but on the other hand, it suffers from great difficulty in attracting sponsors Sponsorship, even small ones, when even on the issue of signage in the stadium quite a few abandoned it and she should accept advertisers at a much lower price than is customary with the big clubs here.
What is Betar doing about it? It will occasionally catch someone through the cameras or the police have delayed it, but beyond that, Abramov cannot enter into a war with the crowd. He has no support for this from the police and the authorities, and also from an economic point of view, it is an investment of millions for such a process to be successful.
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The case of Hapoel Tel Aviv is similar.
The audience cost the club nearly three million shekels this year, when one of the penalties was three games without an audience.
You can see throughout the years the dialogue between the heads of the Reds and the Ultras, in the era of Odelia Friedman and now with the current CEO Liran Mokhtar. You constantly need to talk, you constantly receive warning messages, there is never a feeling that everything is under control. They try, here and there they stop and sue, but A large process of war in the extreme part of the crowd is on the verge of the impossible. Even the decision not to sell tickets to Maccabi Tel Aviv fans for Gate 8 in the derby, but at the same time to sell more tickets to Maccabi Haifa fans, involved discussion and approval from the crowd. Even with the incoming American ownership of Hapoel Tel Aviv, These are not budgets that will allow the team to compete for titles, and likewise it will not direct millions of its resources to deal with the damage of the audience, so that the club will continue to be at a loss regarding these damages.
And that won't change.
Within the limits, these clubs operate correctly.
The only way that something else will happen is that the association and the administration will also want it, that the Minister of Culture and Sports Miki Zohar, with his good will and explosive statements, will be able to move something.
That everyone will go as one, and not the other way around.
As of today, it seems more like a battle between the institutions and the clubs and not a desire for cooperation and the eradication of the harmful phenomena.
Until there is no other way, teams will continue to pay fines, be punished and be harmed imagewise and financially, the association will bring in a little more money than that and no one will really try to cause a real change for the benefit of Israeli football.
To be continued.
Hapoel Tel Aviv