Deri given ultimatum regarding Saturday soccer

Israel Football Association chairman Ofer Eini said on Tuesday that all local soccer action will be suspended from next week should Economy Minister, Aryeh Deri not authorize the playing of matches on Saturday.

Tel Aviv Labor Court Judge Ariella Gilzer- Kats ruled two weeks ago that players can’t be forced to play during Shabbat after hundreds of players from local soccer’s lower divisions signed a petition demanding not to work during the Jewish day of rest. Gilzer-Kats ordered that National League matches should not be held on Saturday until the sides meet again in court to try and resolve the matter next Monday, although all Premier League action has gone ahead as scheduled over the past two weeks.

“The holding of soccer matches on Shabbat without approval from the Economy Minister is a criminal offense and I will not approve it,” said Gilzer-Kats.


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