Luis Fernandez 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Israel national team soccer coach Luis Fernandez announced on Wednesday that he
has resolved the legal problems that had led soccer’s world governing body FIFA
to suspended him from all activity.
The Israel Football Association had
given the national team coach until March 4 to cancel the suspension which was
handed down over a debt he owes to a club in Qatar.
Fernandez refused to
obey a November 2009 ruling by the governing body’s disciplinary committee, but
with time running out, had no option but to settle his 400,000-euro debt with Al
Rayyan so he could hold on to his job as Israel coach.
FIFA has yet to
officially lift the suspension, but both Fernandez and the IFA believe the
official announcement is imminent.
“In light of the fact that FIFA
refused to give me more time to settle this problem I had to solve it as soon as
possible so I would not have to leave my national team, which was something I
had no intention of doing,” Fernandez said.
“I have solved my suspension
problem with FIFA. I hope that from now on everyone will unite around the
national team. We all must believe in our chances of qualifying for Euro
The blue-and-white, which has four points from four matches in
Group F, faces Latvia and Georgia on March 26 and 29, respectively, in its next
2012 European Championship qualifying matches.