Selig­man ‘sorry’ for cheat­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOTBALL DAVID SELIG­MAN be­lieves MJSL chiefs must take a share of the blame for Heaton Park Rovers’ points de­duc­tion.

HPR landed them­selves in hot wa­ter for field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers against South Manch­ester Sports 2nd last week.

Fol­low­ing a com­plaint, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­cov­ered four play­ers were played un­der false names.

The 7-2 win was ex­punged with South Manch­ester awarded the win. Selig­man’s side were then handed a six­point penalty.

Selig­man has is­sued an apol­ogy but says a lack of Jewish play­ers is mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to field teams and fears for the league.

He said: “We apol­o­gised and owned up to the of­fence. As a club we have never failed to raise a side but, on this oc­ca­sion, we were strug­gling. We didn’t en­vis­age SouthManch­ester to be so bad and that we would win 7-2.

“For me, the prob­lem is more deep rooted. In 10 years how many Jewish teams will there be in Manch­ester? We are so short of play­ers and we are at rock-bot­tom.

“As a club we are des­per­ate not to leave and play in the non-Jewish league. We want the MJSL to flour­ish but there is sim­ply a lack of play­ers. More needs to be done to en­cour­age young lads to play football.

“The League must take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that. We are not the only club fight­ing to find 11 play­ers ev­ery week.”

Heaton Park – who were vy­ing for the ti­tle last sea­son – have seen their bid to mount another as­sault at the top all but ex­tin­guished in the wake of the probe.

They have zero points and now sit one place off the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

MJSL sec­re­tary Paul Rose be­lieves the sever­ity of the pun­ish­ment against HPR was fair.

Rose said: “Their ac­tions were not in keep­ing as an FA char­tered stan­dard club. “You would not ex­pect that. This is dis­re­spect­ful to the other team and the league. We would rather the game had been called off.

“You can’t tell lies and hope to get away with it. We felt the six point pun­ish­ment handed out was in keep­ing with the of­fence. They have up un­til Fri­day to launch an ap­peal.”

De­fend­ingcham­pi­onsLeed­sMac­cabi handed early-sea­son pace­set­ters Mac­cabi Manch­ester Yel­low a re­al­ity check with Johnny Gold­stone, Nick Vale, Rob Sel­wyn and an own goal ac­count­ing for a 4-0 win.

Paul Rose

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