Pla­tini on the at­tack

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Uefa Pres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini has crit­i­cised Li­mor Liv­nat, Is­rael’s Cul­ture and Sports Min­is­ter, af­ter she said Is­raeli foot­ball needs to put its house in or­der. Re­fer­ring to re­cent in­ci­dents in which Be­tar Jerusalem fans at­tacked Arab work­ers in a shop­ping mall and two Mac­cabi Pe­tach Tik­vah coaches were charged with as­sault­ing an Arab player of Hapoel Haifa, Liv­nat said foot­ball must take time out to change its cul­ture.

Pla­tini, who was in Is­rael to open the Is­rael FA’S Academy and Train­ing Cen­tre at She­fayim near Tel Aviv, be­lieves that the IFA is not to blame for the in­ci­dents.

Re­spond­ing to the com­ments, he said: “IFA chair­man Avi Lu­zon is not a po­lice­man. To deal with these gang­sters we need a strong po­lice force and that is the job of gov­ern­ment.”

PHOTO: BEN AN­GEL

Ben Wein­berg heads home Brix­ton’s late win­ner and leads the cel­e­bra­tions ( be­low)

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