Tottenham Spurs, AS Roma delay kickoff time for Shabbat observant fans

The Spurs will hold an open training session in Israel at the Moshava Field in Petah Tikva on July 29, a day before the match.

 Tottenham Hotspur members. (photo credit: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC)
Tottenham Hotspur members.
(photo credit: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC)

In a special gesture by Tottenham and AS Roma for religiously observant fans in Israel, kickoff time for the Saturday game taking place at the end of July was pushed off to 9:15 p.m.

Following a request from thousands of football fans who are religiously observant and who keep Shabbat to the managers of MTR7, they will postpone kickoff time to prevent hilul Shabbat (desecration of the Sabbath).

MTR7 is producing the match between Tottenham and AS Roma, which will take place on Saturday, July 30.

The Spurs will hold an open training session in Israel at the Moshava Field in Petah Tikva on July 29, a day before the match.

A delegation from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, led by Nina Reinsberg, senior business development manager, and Dan Watson, travel manager, arrived in Israel at the end of May for preparations and coordination ahead of the game.

 AS Roma (credit: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC) AS Roma (credit: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC)

The delegation met with the owners and managers of MTR7, as well as the managers of the food and beverage department and the hotel chef to set special menus for the players.