Shabbat soccer given go-ahead by attorney-general

Israeli soccer action in the professional and amateur leagues will go ahead as scheduled this weekend after the attorney-general announced on Wednesday that nobody would be prosecuted for playing on Shabbat.

Matches on Saturday came under threat after a court ruling on a petition by religiously observant players against taking to the field during the Jewish Sabbath.

Their refusal to participate in some matches that in previous years have been held on weekdays, led the Tel Aviv Labor Court to rule that without a special waiver that allows companies to employ workers on Shabbat, Saturday soccer is illegal.


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