Avi: Don’t blameme for unrest
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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
Super-sub Josh Bentley wheels away after scoring and ( below) Josh Lipman