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The controversy surrounding the seating arrangement in the Tel Aviv Derby continues. After Maccabi Tel Aviv announced that it would not withdraw its allocated tickets for the game out of fear for the safety of its fans who are supposed to sit next to Hapoel Tel Aviv fans, the Reds sent a letter of response on Friday.
According to Hapoel Tel Aviv, the Israel Police is responsible for the security and seating arrangements. The letter was sent to all relevant parties, including Maccabi Tel Aviv CEO Ben Mansford, Executive Chairman Erez Kalfon, Association Chairman Shino Zuaretz and Sports Minister Miki Zohar.
"Over the past few weeks, Hapoel Tel Aviv Football Club has submitted four different inquiries to the Supreme Court of the Football Association, including a letter from the commanders of the Israel Police, warning of a real danger to derby attendees," the letter explained. "As everyone knows, our appeals were rejected one after the other by the Presidium of the Supreme Court. The club did everything in its power to change the decision and avoid situations such as the one we are currently facing – and used all the means at its disposal, including attempts to seek the help of the most senior officials in the country and in the football industry in particular."
The storm continues. Maccabi Tel Aviv Fans/Danny Maron
The Reds added: "It is important to note that in assessing the situation ahead of the derby game, which took place in the presence of all security officials, including Ayalon Deputy Commander and Tantz Haim Bublil, the Israel Police determined the security arrangements and the seating of the audiences at the stadium, after they realized that all summers had been exhausted from the possibility of changing the decision. We are unable to change the police's decision regarding security arrangements and therefore, we are not the address for the request you mentioned in your letter."
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