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Dudu Awat won't play on Yom Kippur
ALLON SINAI
09/25/2006
Awat angered religious groups for saying that he plans to play on Yom Kippur.
All the commotion surrounding Dudu Awat's remarks that he plans to play on Yom Kippur proved to be premature on Friday evening after the Spanish Football Federation announced that Deportivo La Coruna's Spanish Premier League match against Real Sociedad will be brought forward two hours, ending minutes before the fast begins in Spain. Awat, who started in goal for the national team in its last two matches, angered many people and prompted protests from religious groups for saying that he plans to play on Yom Kippur in Spanish media on Thursday. "I hope the match will be brought forward to Saturday... but if it will be held on Sunday I will play anyway," Awat told Spanish newspaper AS, infuriating many more traditional Israelis. Shas MK Ya'akov Margi even demanded that Israel Football Association chairman Itzhak "Iche" Menahem expel the goalkeeper from the national team. However, La Coruna's match against Real Sociadad was moved to six o'clock central European time, and Awat will be able to fast properly after all.
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