FIFA suspends Israel coach over debt to Qatar club

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 17, 2011 18:44

ZURICH — FIFA suspended National Team soccer coach Luis Fernandez on Thursday with immediate effect over a debt he owes to a club in Qatar.

FIFA said it told the Israeli federation of the ban Thursday because Fernandez has not obeyed a November 2009 ruling by the governing body's disciplinary committee.

The 51-year-old Frenchman has a long-standing financial dispute with Qatari club Al Rayyan which he coached in 2005.

Fernandez, who took the Israel job last March, said on the federation website that he expects the problem will be solved before 2012 European Championship qualifying matches against Latvia and Georgia next month.

Federation president Avi Luzon, who is a UEFA executive committee member, said he'll meet with Fernandez next week.


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