Court backs Ta­muz

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

IS­RAEL’S Supreme Court has given the gov­ern­ment 21 days to ex­plain why in­ter­na­tional striker Toto Ta­muz should be re­fused full cit­i­zen­ship and given the right to serve in the Is­raeli Defence Force.

The 18-year-old was aban­doned in Is­rael by his Nige­rian par­ents at the age of three and raised by his fos­ter mother, Irit Ta­muz.

The Be­tar Jerusalem striker, who has only been granted res­i­dency in Is­rael, caught the eye in last year’s Euro 2008 qual­i­fiers, scor­ing on his full in­ter­na­tional de­but against An­dorra and set­ting up an­other in the 1-1 draw in Rus­sia. He also laid on the win­ning goal against France which took Is­rael’s un­der-21s through to the fi­nals in Hol­land later this year.

Mean­while, Is­rael be­gan their prepa­ra­tions for this sum­mer’s un­der-21 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships with a 3-0 vic­tory over Cyprus’ un­der-20 team in Lar­naca. Shlomi Ar­beit­man, Roy Dayan and Amit Ben Shushan net­ted.

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