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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Kfar Saba announced on Tuesday that it will appeal to the District Court
after the Israel Football Association’s high court decided to reinstate Hapoel
Petah Tikva to the Premier League on Monday night.
Kfar Saba were told
last week that they will take Petah Tikva’s place in the top flight after the
latter twice failed to meet deadlines to present a mandatory minimum NIS 11.4
However, Petah Tikva, which finished third from bottom
last season and won a relegation playoff against Kfar Saba which finished
third-top in the second division, appealed to the IFA’s high court against the
Budget Control Authority’s ruling and it ultimately got the reprieve it was
hoping for on Monday.
The league gets underway in just over a week on
August 20, but Kfar Saba is still refusing to give up on gaining promotion via
“We are not accepting the fact that Kfar Saba will play in
the National League this season,” owner Harel Raichman said.
decision was affected by the media and didn’t take into account the IFA’s
The high court’s three judges said that Petah Tikva
deserves special consideration as it went into liquidation last month, as a
result of which it will begin the season with a nine-point deduction, adding
that the most important thing is that justice is served even if it clashes with
Petah Tikva will already be in action on Wednesday
when it faces crosstown rival Maccabi in a Toto Cup derby.
Hapoel will be
looking to add several players to its squad before it hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv in
its first league match next weekend, but despite the far from ideal preparation,
there were smiles and celebrations in Tuesday’s training session following the
“It is ironic that it was on Tisha Be’av, the day
commemorating the destruction of both Temples, that Hapoel Petah Tikva rose from
the dead,” captain Gal Cohen said.
“The court took a brave and correct
decision because the fate of clubs should only be decided on the pitch.”