Be­tar take the dou­ble

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Be­tar Jerusalem com­pleted the league and cup dou­ble for the first time af­ter claim­ing a 3-0 home vic­tory over sec­ond-placed Mac­cabi Ne­tanya.

But club owner Arkady Gay­damak, who missed the match be­cause he was in Moscow on busi­ness, said that watch­ing his son Alexandre’s team, Portsmouth, lift the FA Cup at Wem­b­ley ear­lier in the day gave him more pride than Be­tar’s achieve­ment. “From the sport­ing point of view the FA Cup fi­nal is ob­vi­ously a much big­ger event,” said Gay­damak.

Be­tar will rep­re­sent Is­rael in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment. How­ever, al­though Gay­damak has pre­vi­ously spo­ken about build­ing Be­tar into a ma­jor Euro­pean brand name, he now seems to be dis­tanc­ing him­self from the club as he fo­cuses more on pro­mot­ing his po­lit­i­cal party So­cial Jus­tice.

“I al­ready put some $3 mil­lion into the club each month,” Gay­damak said. “I will not be in­creas­ing the club’s bud­get or bring­ing in any ma­jor new stars from abroad.”

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