Text size

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel called yesterday on minister without portfolio Haim Ramon (Labor) to step down as chairman of the board of Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club.

The organization threatened to take the case to court if Ramon held on to his position, claiming there was a conflict of interests between his function as a minister and his role at the club.

Along with a letter to Ramon, the organization also wrote to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg.

In its letter to Ramon, the organization said that regulations governing conflict of interest prohibited ministers from holding posts in institutions receiving government funding directly or indirectly.

Hapoel receives funding from the Sports Betting Council and from the Tel Aviv Municipality.

A few months ago the attorney general ruled that there was no conflict of interest in Ramon's serving as chair of the Hapoel board and being an MK.

Ramon said at the time that he would act in accordance with any ruling made by the attorney general were he appointed a minister.