With all that had gone on off the pitch, Beitar Jerusalem needed the
exhilarating victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday night to remind everyone
that it is first and foremost a soccer club.
An 84th-minute winner by
Nisso Kapiloto gave Beitar a 1-0 win over its arch-rival and capped a fantastic
sporting night in front of 30,000 fans at Teddy Stadium.
Beitar’s Premier League encounter at Hapoel Acre on Saturday night will yet
again be overshadowed by a disturbing incident that goes against everything
sports should represent.
New Beitar owner Eli Tabib found a grenade
underneath his car outside his home in Kfar Shmaryahu on Thursday
Tabib had already driven away in the car with his wife and two
children when a neighbor alerted him to the fact that there is a grenade laying
on the parking spot he had just left.
Police later determined that it was
a dead grenade and was likely placed under Tabib’s car to send him a
The Police investigators have yet to establish who would want to
threaten Tabib, but the Beitar owner seems to be adamant that the latest
incident is the result of his involvement in Israeli soccer.
doesn’t have any businesses in Israel, apart from his ownership of Beitar
Jerusalem,” read a club press release. “It is important that everyone remembers
that despite all the emotions around the game, this is just sports.”
isn’t the first time Tabib has found himself involved in such an occurrence. In
December 2011, while he was the owner of Hapoel Tel Aviv, a stun grenade was
thrown into his garden while he was away in the US.
Tabib is also
currently standing trial for attacking a minor and disruption of justice
relating to an incident outside his home last year during a protest by Hapoel
Hapoel Tel Aviv has got just eight points from six matches
following the defeat at Teddy, but it will have an ideal opportunity to get back
on track when it visits the floundering Hapoel Ramat Hasharon on
Rock-bottom Ramat Hasharon has lost all six of its games this
season by a combined goal difference of 2-15.
Also Saturday, Hapoel
Beersheba will hope to get back to winning ways after suffering its first defeat
of the season when it visits Ashdod SC, while Ironi Kiryat Shmona hosts Maccabi
Petah Tikva and Bnei Yehuda welcomes Hapoel Ra’anana.
Maccabi Haifa faces
Hapoel Haifa in the derby on Sunday, with league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv
welcoming surprise-package Bnei Sakhnin to Bloomfield Stadium on Monday.
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