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After a French court on Tuesday sentenced Russian-Israeli businessman Arcadi Gaydamak to six years in jail for his role in illegal arms sale to the Angolan government in the 1990s, soccer officials in Israel say that Gaydamak's status as owner of Beitar Jerusalem is still intact, for now. According to Israel Football Association guidelines, anyone who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude is disqualified from serving as owner of a club for a period of seven years from the date of conviction. IFA legal experts say they will wait until they've studied the details of the conviction before demanding Gaydamak's divestiture from the club. (Moshe Boker)

Portsmouth has been banned from registering any new players until further notice, the Premier League said yesterday, as the financial turmoil surrounding the south-coast club continues. Portsmouth was taken over earlier this month by Saudi Arabian businessman Ali al-Faraj. He bought 90 percent of the club's shares from Sulaiman al-Fahim, who had taken over in August but struggled to refinance the club's debt. Earlier this month, Israeli soccer coach Avram Grant was appointed soccer director for Portsmouth. Grant was given the task of helping manager Paul Hart save the club from relegation. (Reuters)

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus, named Racing Club's new coach last week, will not be going to Argentina, the club's president Rodolfo Molina said yesterday. Racing, struggling at the bottom of the Apertura standings and in danger of relegation, thought they had met all of Matthaus's demands and were shocked by his refusal. "He started asking for things that hadn't been discussed. We told him to come to talk about them and as he didn't, we brought negotiations to an end," Molina told the TyC television station." (Reuters)

Maccabi Haifa striker Eyal Golasa will fly to Germany to consult with doctors about his groin injury. Golasa will seek a second opinion to determine whether he needs surgery to fix a hernia. (Moshe Harush)