Eli Tabib was confirmed as Beitar Jerusalem’s new owner on Tuesday, officially
bringing to an end Arkadi Gaydamak’s eight years at the helm.
ago, the Jerusalem District Court approved the transfer of the club to Tabib’s
hands after Gaydamak backed down from his initial refusal to sell him the
However, the final obstacle was only overcome on Tuesday when the
Israel Football Association’s Budget Control Authority ratified the
The Budget Control Authority ruled that even though Tabib will
only complete his year-long cooling down period since selling Hapoel Tel Aviv on
July 18, he can already begin to run Beitar as the new season is just around the
The BCA also decided that the charges Tabib faces for attacking a
minor and disruption of justice relating to an incident outside his home last
year during a protest by Hapoel fans doesn’t prohibit him from owning a
Should he be convicted, the matter will be
Gaydamak will not receive any money for Beitar, but Tabib,
who has also previously owned Hapoel Kfar Saba, agreed to cover the club’s debts
estimated at NIS 12.5 million for a 75 percent stake of the club, with the
remaining 25% to be held by an organization of Beitar fans.
former Hapoel Ramat Gan coach Eli Cohen last week, but will now need to quickly
assemble a squad, with only five players currently under contract for
Tabib has also got plenty of issues to deal with off the field
after Beitar’s first training session ahead of the new season was overshadowed
on Monday by violent scenes at Bayit Vegan.
Around 3,000 fans attended
what is usually a celebratory occasion and the vast majority cheered the
However, after the players returned to the dressing room,
a group of fans swore, spat and threw rocks at goalkeeper Ariel Harush and
midfielder Dario Fernandez, attacking them for their support of Chechen Muslims
Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev last season.
Harush and Fernandez
required a police escort to leave the complex, with the Argentinian seriously
considering leaving the club due to the incident.
Fernandez, who is not
under contract, didn’t show up for Tuesday’s training session, which was only
attended by a handful of supporters. However, Harush returned to Bayit Vegan,
but admitted he didn’t sleep well at night.
“I’d rather not say much at
the moment. I believe everything will be fine,” said Harush, who refused to file
a complaint with police. “I didn’t get much sleep at night and I just want to
try and calm things down.”
In other news, Hapoel Beersheba unveiled
midfielder Maor Buzaglo on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old made little
impression in the past two seasons at Standard Liege in Belgium and will be
hoping to reignite his career in Beersheba, which has also signed striker