Avi: Don’t blameme for un­rest

TH C E JC. N O O M

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

AVI Lu­zon has re­jected calls to re­sign fol­low­ing an­other out­break of vi­o­lence at an Is­raeli foot­ball match.

Last week’s en­tire pro­gramme was sus­pended by Lu­zon fol­low­ing a mass brawl be­tween play­ers and coaches of Hapoel Ra­mat Gan and Bnei Lod in the Li­gat Leu­mit last week.

Eleven play­ers were ar­rested although they have yet to be charged. The ugly scenes re­sem­bled those at the end of last month’s match be­tween Mac­cabi Pe­tach Tik­vah and Hapoel Haifa in Li­gat Ha’al.

Lu­zon in­sists the prob­lems in foot­ball re­flect those in wider so­ci­ety. He said: “We live in a vi­o­lent coun­try and the po­lice, courts and schools must deal with this.”

Eyal Berkovic, the for­mer West Ham, Celtic and Is­raeli mid­fielder, has led mass protests over the vi­o­lence. He feels Is­raeli foot­ball should re­struc­ture it­self along the lines of the English game.

Berkovic said: “Lu­zon can keep his job but a new pro­fes­sional ad­min­is­tra­tion should be set up to man­age the leagues, leav­ing the FA only in charge of the na­tional team.

“It was a mis­take to re­move the po­lice from sta­di­ums and leave se­cu­rity is­sues in the hands of stew­ards.”

Mean­while, Mac­cabi Haifa have ap­pointed Reu­ven Atar as their new man­ager. He re­places Elisha Levi.

Tal Ben Haim will leave Portsmouth this sum­mer as his agent, Pini Za­havi, says he will not play in League One. The Is­rael de­fender, 30, earns in the re­gion of £30,000 at the cash-strapped club who are on the verge of rel­e­ga­tion. He hopes to ar­range a mu­tual con­sent agree­ment with one year re­main­ing on his cur­rent deal. HEN­DON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A BRADY MAC­CABI A

HEN­DON Boss David Gar­bacz ded­i­cated Sun­day’s cup suc­cess to de­fender Josh Lip­man af­ter his team com­pleted the first part of a pos­si­ble tre­ble with a 3-1 win over Brady at Win­gate & Finch­ley.

Lip­man has played through the pain of los­ing his fa­ther through ill­ness, and he put in an­other heroic dis­play in a sea­son that could see him named JC MSFL Player of the Year.

Strikes from Greg Corin, Josh Bent­ley and Ari Last saw Hen­don home in a match played on a rain-soaked sur­face to clinch the team’s first piece of sil­ver­ware since 2009.

An emo­tional Gar­bacz said: “I’d like to ded­i­cate our vic­tory to the fa­ther of Josh Lip­man, who re­cently passed away. He came to watch us reg­u­larly and would’ve been proud of how Josh per­formed to­day. The re­sult was thor­oughly de­served. We dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and in mid­field, and did a good job on keep­ing the dan­ger­ous Paul Hakim quiet.”

It was Corin, an­other star this sea­son, who opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first half. A twin­kle­toed run by Ari Last saw him find Avi­dan Last whose low cross rolled across the Brady six-yard box for Corin to ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touch. Brady were de­nied an equaliser sec­onds af­ter the restart when Hakim broke free and fired goal­wards from 18 yards, only to be de­nied by Rus­sell Corin, who pushed the ball around the post with his fin­ger-tips.

Josh Rosen­feld’s men equalised with the last kick of the half af­ter Jonathan Green was clipped in the penalty area by Martin Smulovitch and cap­tain Jonny El­lis con­verted the spot-kick, send­ing Corin the wrong way. Brady were left in­censed when they had a penalty ap­peal turned away af­ter Josh Hershman ap­peared­to­be­tugged back in the penalty area by Corin.

H e n d o n stepped up a gear

PHO­TOS: MARC MOR­RIS

Su­per-sub Josh Bent­ley wheels away af­ter scor­ing and ( be­low) Josh Lip­man

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