Soccer / IFA / Tribunal bans Ashdod owner for one year
Jacky Ben-Zakenwas furious about the decision, although it has no practical resonance.
The Israel Football Association's disciplinary tribunal on Monday banned F.C. Ashdod owner Jacky Ben-Zaken from all soccer operations for one year for insulting and denigrating its institutions and its tribunal system.
Ben-Zaken had been quoted as saying, "The tribunal is rotten to the core." He was commenting on the IFA's decisions to first deduct three points from Maccabi Petah Tikva for team violence and then postpone the punishment to next season.
Haim Elhadeff, the head of the tribunal, wrote in his decision that Ben-Zaken is of the opinion that the IFA tribunals are hired guns of the IFA and not worthy of judging him. "I thought he would at least respect the association's regulations, which are derived from UEFA regulations," he continued. The judge then wrote that if Ben-Zaken is a man of honor he would take it upon himself to quit all activity or IFA representation.
Ben-Zaken was furious about the decision, although it has no practical resonance as he is not a member of the IFA secretariat, nor does he represent his team in IFA institutions. The only repercussion is that Ben-Zaken will not be able to sit next to the team bench during soccer matches.
"I don't rule out the option of transferring control of the team to the municipality and to cut myself off from everything that goes around," Ben-Zaken reportedly told his associates. A source close to Ben-Zaken said the owner would decide in the coming days what his next move will be.