Ro­man’s big prize

The Jewish Chronicle - - HOME NEWS - BY SI­MON GRIVER

RO­MAN ABRAMOVICH may be re­luc­tant to re­lease funds to Jose Mour­inho for new sign­ings, but the Chelsea owner will foot the $6 mil­lion (£3.5 mil­lion) bill for next week’s Rus­sian Chan­nel One Win­ter Tour­na­ment in Is­rael.

Abramovich will fly to Is­rael to present the $2 mil­lion in prize money while the re­main­ing funds will be used to bring CSKA Moscow, Spar­tak Moscow, Dy­namo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk to Is­rael. They will be joined in the com­pe­ti­tion by Is­raeli cham­pi­ons Mac­cabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The tour­na­ment, which be­gins on Jan­uary 24, fea­tures Haifa, Dy­namo Kiev and Spar­tak Moscow in one group with Hapoel, Donetsk and CSKA in the other. With the top two qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal on Jan­uary 31, Haifa and CSKA could come face to face just two weeks be­fore they clash in the Uefa Cup in Rus­sia.

Mean­while, Uefa has re­jected CSKA’s re­quest to de­lay nam­ing the venue for the home leg un­til a week be­fore the match to give them a clearer idea of the weather con­di­tions.

The Mus­covites will play the first game in the south­ern Rus­sian city of Vladikavkaz.

Pho­tos: Empics, Chris To­fa­los

Pini Za­havi

Tal Ben Haim and Avra­ham Grant

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