Mac­cabi clubs’ anger over derby clash

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to budge so as a team we will be watch­ing the Spurs game to­gether af­ter ours.

“They must know we have a few Tot­ten­ham and Chelsea boys in our squad, and they thought they would try to get the up­per hand in re­gards to keep­ing the kick-off at the time which is best suited to them. But for­tu­nately enough for us our boys are fully com­mit­ted to the Har­men cause and have given up their ticket to the game to play on Sun­day.”

Hen­don’s David Gar­bacz re­sponded: “Har­men asked for a later start un­der the Hadley flood­lights, which we were un­for­tu­nately un­able to ac­com­mo­date.

“None of our play­ers will be af­fected – they will play for us then go home and watch the game.”

FC Team B’s Mitch Young be­lieves that Mac­cabi League foot­ball comes first. “Who­ever you play for or man­age should al­ways come ahead of a pro­fes­sional team you sup­port,” he said.

“Your own in­di­vid­ual suc­cesses and achieve­ments far out­weigh that of a pro­fes­sional foot­baller or team you fol­low.”

Scrab­ble FC’s Ray Abra­hams de­scribed the clash as “an­other ex­am­ple of where money and tele­vi­sion are more im­por­tant to the big boys than grass-roots foot­ball”.

He said: “I’m for­tu­nate that my team is in­tact. Some of my play­ers own sea­son tick­ets at Tot­ten­ham, but want to play foot­ball as a pri­or­ity. We al­ways stress com­mit­ment.

“If you sign for a club you know that these sit­u­a­tions may oc­cur and I would have seen it as let­ting their team-mates and me down, and a sign of a lack of com­mit­ment to the club if they’d have cho­sen go­ing to Spurs over play­ing.

Hen­don will watch game at home

“I don’t think clubs should be al­lowed to pull out of games for this sit­u­a­tion as they join a league and know the rules at the start of the sea­son.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing if there are any odd re­sults this week­end be­cause of this. I be­lieve it will im­pact badly on Sun­day morn­ing foot­ball to al­low the pro­fes­sional clubs to kick-off at this time.”

But it’s not only the play­ers and teams who have been af­fected. Ref­eree’s Sec­re­tary Andy My­er­son said: “It’s go­ing to be a real strug­gle to get the games cov­ered this week­end.

“I have five ref­er­ees who will be at the Spurs game and four out in­jured, so it’s not just the teams who strug­gle with ab­sen­tees.”

A spokesman for BT Sport de­scribed the clash as “un­for­tu­nate” and con­firmed the sched­ul­ing of the Lon­don derby, which was orig­i­nally set to take place on Satur­day, was down to “a com­plex process re­gard­ing both club’s Euro­pean foot­ball com­mit­ments”.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

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