Corrected, summary of sporting events, 20.11/Sport1
Four teams from the Premier League - Beitar Jerusalem, M.S. Ashdod, Hapoel Hadera and Bnei Sakhnin - informed the administration on Monday that they will not appear for their matches in the upcoming Premier League cycle, following the decision to return the top soccer league.
Of the 18 representatives of the teams, 13 voted today in favor of the return of the Premier League this Saturday, while Alona Barkat was the only one who abstained. The heads of MS Ashdod, Beitar Jerusalem, Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Hadera opposed the return of Israel's top league this Saturday, November 25.
Argues that the decision is unequal. Abramov/Kobi Eliyahu
Don't accept the decree. Ben Zaken/Liron Moldovan
A letter sent by the teams to the administration stated:
"We – the football clubs of Ashdod, Sakhnin Hadera and Beitar Jerusalem – wish to inform you that the decision to resume Premier League games in the coming week is wrong, unsportsmanlike and unequal. The decision is hasty, ignores sporting considerations, and all that guides it are financial considerations.
"It is clear to everyone that we will not be able to show up for the upcoming games and prepare properly for all that this entails.
We see fit to inform you in advance that we will not be reporting for the upcoming cycle and ask you to take action to postpone the upcoming game to another date.
"We intend to submit an urgent petition this morning to the Supreme Court of the Football Association requesting that the resumption of matches be postponed by a month until we can put together a worthy team that can compete in a sporting and appropriate manner, as expected of a team in the Premier League."
- More on the subject:
- Beitar Jerusalem
- M.S. Ashdod
- Hapoel Hadera
- Bnei Sakhnin