Israeli soccer NATIONAL TEAM coach Luis Fernandez 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Israel coach Luis Fernandez was suspended by FIFA on Thursday over a debt he
owes to a club in Qatar.
FIFA informed the Israel Football Association of
the ban on Thursday, saying it is being enforced because Fernandez has not
obeyed a November 2009 ruling by the governing body’s disciplinary
However, the Frenchman, who began coaching Israel last May,
said he believes the problem will be solved before Israel’s 2012 European
Championship qualifying matches against Latvia and Georgia on March 26 and 29,
“This is a legal battle that has been ongoing for
years. I am certain that matters will be settled certainly by the time of
the matches at the end of March,” he said.
Fernandez has a longstanding
financial dispute with Qatari club Al Rayyan which he coached in
IFA chairman Avi Luzon, who is a UEFA executive committee member,
will meet Fernandez and his lawyers next week.
“Together we will see how
to resolve the problem that has arisen,” Luzon said.
The IFA released a
statement confirming it had been in contact with FIFA over the
“The Football Association today received an official request from
FIFA in the matter of Luis Fernandez saying he must immediately stop all
activity concerning football due to a debt he owes a club he coached in Qatar in