Maccabi Tel Aviv triumphs at initial Shield of Honor awards

The launch of a new tradition resulting from a presidential initiative took place at the President’s Residence on Thursday when it was announced that Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club had won the first place in the Shield of Honor contest that was initially announced by President Reuven Rivlin in March this year.

Disturbed by the riots and the racism ignited by small pockets of spectators at sports events, but mostly football matches around the country, Rivlin aware of the extent to which athletes are regarded as role models, conceived of adding an extra competitive dimension to sport which would also indirectly serve as an educational tool.

Although there have been some violent clashes between hot headed players from time to time, most players are interested in playing a clean game without the eruption of incendiary language and physical violence from the spectator stands.


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