Shas to IFA: Oust Awat for playing on Yom Kippur

September 21, 2006 16:54


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Shas officials called on Israel Football Association chairman Iche Menahem on Thursday to oust goalkeeper Dudu Awat from the national team following the keeper's announcement that he intended to play for his Spanish club side Deportivo La Caruna on Yom Kippur. It was not the first time that the party had taken a dig at Israeli sportsmen's non-adherence to religion. In 2003, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef famously declared that football players who played on Shabbat were "going to hell."

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