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The Israeli Basketball Association's court convened on Wednesday morning to hear the case of Maccabi Tel Aviv, which did not transfer tickets to Hapoel Tel Aviv for the first game of the derby in the basket final.
The union prosecutor decided yesterday to prosecute the yellows after they failed to hand over the tickets to the reds. The prosecutor prosecuted Maccabi Tel Aviv for misconduct and demanded a fine, and if they decide not to transfer the tickets even afterwards, he recommends prosecuting them for violations of the union's bylaws, and a technical loss may be ruled against them.
Will they arrive at the arena? Fans of Hapoel Tel Aviv (Photo: Danny Maron)
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11:30: "I sit here embarrassed," Shimon Mizrahi claimed, "instead of coming and saying, 'You acted correctly,' we wrote to you on May 15 and June 1, no one did anything about it. The tickets are ready for delivery, I expected the desk to say the manager is responsible, I am not willing to have a spectator burned by avoca. You can't prosecute me after I've taken all measures. What else can I do?"
11:26 a.m.: The prosecutor threatened again: "Suppose tickets are not handed over, I will prosecute them on a charge of technical loss."
11:19 a.m.: Attorney Ashlagi found that the regulations state that tickets must be transferred up to 48 hours before the game. The judge challenged: "We are not an executioner who will oblige them." Ashlagi replied: "For my part, every throwing of powder must close a stand. We need to respond. We do not exclude crowds and do not encourage rioters. We want to punish them so that they carry out the regulations. If they don't, there won't be an incident."
Confrontation in court. Shimon Mizrahi and Rami Cohen (Photo: Ariel Shalom)
11:14: Hapoel Tel Aviv responded to Maccabi Tel Aviv's claims that they had already sold their tickets to the lower stand: "This is a problem that could have been fixed because this game has no subscribers," Yitzhaki said, "but Maccabi refused for financial reasons."
11:06: Hapoel Tel Aviv Chairman Rami Cohen: The behavior of our audience has nothing to do with this discussion. Maccabi cannot take the law into its own hands and make such decisions - if the game cannot be held, then they should disqualify it or move it to another venue, as our game on Sunday is approved." Attorney Rotman, who represents Maccabi, replied: "You are a disgrace."
10:53: The judge challenged: "If the police think it is possible to hold the event with an audience and approve it, that's what it will be. If you refuse against the opinion of the police, that's another thing." When asked if Maccabi Tel Aviv would hand over tickets if police clearance was obtained, Rotman replied: "We will not take responsibility, it is a danger to lives. If the principal takes responsibility, then she will bear the consequences if something happens."
10:45: Maccabi Tel Aviv was told that it would face severe punishment if it decided on its own not to transfer tickets, Shimon Mizrahi replied: "We asked already on May 15 for someone to take responsibility for the incident." Ashlagi immediately replied: "The principal will take responsibility."
10:40: Attorney Rotman, who represents Maccabi Tel Aviv in serious charges: "The previous derby could have ended like Mount Meron 2, luckily the forces took control of the fire and put it out. In my understanding, even if we transfer tickets, it is not certain that the police will approve the event, because we need permission from engineers regarding all aspects of the network."
10:35: Israel Basketball Association prosecutor Itamar Lipner clarified that so far Maccabi Tel Aviv has not violated the association's regulations because there is no fixed date by which a team must transfer tickets to its opponent, but this is inappropriate behavior and as he noted in the indictment - the team will be severely punished if it does not do so. Ashlagi added that the game would not take place if the tickets were not transferred, to which Marcus replied: "It is not within your authority to determine such a thing."
10:30: The discussion began about half an hour late due to a delay by Hapoel Tel Aviv personnel, following a discussion they held with representatives of the Israel Police as part of the preparations for the games. On behalf of Hapoel Tel Aviv are Chairman Rami Cohen and Adv. Haim Yitzhaki, while the Yellows are represented by Adv. Tal Rotman, who sided with Chairman Shimon Mizrahi and CEO Adlai Marcus. League Executive Chairman Shlomi Perry and Legal Advisor Hagai Ashalgi also attended the hearing.
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