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Jan 9, 2012

Soccer-Israel FA chairman says the sport is clean

JERUSALEM, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Israeli soccer is free
from match-fixing, national football association (IFA) chairman
Avi Luzon said on Monday, a day after being questioned as part
of a police investigation into corruption.

“At the end of this investigation, I can promise…that
Israeli soccer is clean, as is the chairman of the IFA,” Luzon
said in an interview on Israeli Army Radio.

Jan 9, 2012

Israel police question FA chairman in fixing probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon was questioned by police under caution on Sunday on possible involvement in an alleged match fixing probe, police said.

“Luzon was questioned under caution for eight hours by the fraud unit in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged match fixing and interfering in the placement of officials,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Jan 8, 2012

Soccer-Israel police question FA chairman in fixing probe

JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Israel Football
Association chairman Avi Luzon faced police questioning under
caution on Sunday on possible involvement in an alleged match
fixing probe, police said.

“Luzon was questioned under caution for eight hours by the
fraud unit in connection with an ongoing investigation into
alleged match fixing and interfering in the placement of
officials,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Jan 5, 2012

Beitar Jerusalem punished for racist chanting by fans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israel Football Association court docked Premier League strugglers Beitar Jerusalem two points on Wednesday for racist chanting by some of their fans against an opposing team player last month.

The court said some Beitar supporters made distinctive noises and called out abusively every time Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Nigerian-born Israel international striker, Toto Tamuz, touched the ball.

Jan 4, 2012

Soccer-Beitar Jerusalem punished for racist chanting by fans

JERUSALEM, Jan 4 (Reuters) – An Israel Football
Association court docked Premier League strugglers Beitar
Jerusalem two points on Wednesday for racist chanting by some of
their fans against an opposing team player last month.

The court said some Beitar supporters made distinctive
noises and called out abusively every time Hapoel Tel Aviv’s
Nigerian-born Israel international striker, Toto Tamuz, touched
the ball.

Jan 4, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu nixes bill on naming top judges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday withdrew proposed legislation seen by critics as unfairly favoring his rightist coalition, after being told by the attorney-general that a court would probably deem it as flawed, a spokesman said.

If it had become law, the legislation would have allowed a change in the makeup of a committee of politicians and jurists that appoints Supreme Court judges, facilitating the naming of justices that right-wing lawmakers see as favorable to them.

Dec 27, 2011

New coach Guttman a popular choice for Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The Israel Football Association unveiled home-born Eli Guttman as national coach on Tuesday in place of Frenchman Luis Fernandez, and said he was the most popular choice the team had ever had.

Guttman, 53, has a reputation for being a methodical and meticulous tactician and was the only candidate considered for the position. He received unanimous backing from the 11-member IFA board, initially on a two-year deal.

Dec 27, 2011

Soccer-New coach Guttman a popular choice for Israel

TEL AVIV, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The Israel Football
Association unveiled home-born Eli Guttman as national coach on
Tuesday in place of Frenchman Luis Fernandez, and said he was
the most popular choice the team had ever had.

Guttman, 53, has a reputation for being a methodical and
meticulous tactician and was the only candidate considered for
the position. He received unanimous backing from the 11-member
IFA board, initially on a two-year deal.

Dec 21, 2011

Israel says European U.N. states’ criticism is wrong

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Wednesday said four European U.N. Security Council members should support a resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks because their criticism of the Jewish state could sideline them from negotiations.

Tuesday, representatives of Britain, France, Germany and Portugal said a briefing by U.N. assistant secretary-general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had made clear to the 15-nation council that Israeli settlement activity was undermining attempts to restart peace talks.

Dec 20, 2011

Soccer-Israel coach Fernandez to be replaced next month

JERUSALEM, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The tenure of Israel
coach Luis Fernandez effectively ended on Tuesday and a new
coach will be named next month, the country’s Football
Association said.

Israeli FA officials said former Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Eli
Guttman would be officially named as soon as Fernandez’s
contract expired at the end of the year.