Maccabiah Soccer / Melee Ends in Bans From 19th Games

The head of the Russian delegation vowed Tuesday to fight a ruling against its junior soccer team after a Maccabiah disciplinary panel disqualified both Russia and Argentina for a brawl that broke out Monday following their semifinal match. Those involved, including the coaching staff, were expelled from the current games and banned from participating in the 2013 games.

"We'll continue the fight until justice emerges," said a fuming Pavel Feldblum, the head of the Russian delegation. "[The disciplinary panel] suspended Boris Razinsky - an Olympic champion from Melbourn '56 and the substitute for the legendary Lev Yashin - who saw his grandson attacked and could barely stand on his legs at age 76, while the wild Argentines hit and kicked everyone around them."

Feldblum submitted a petition to World Maccabi's high court, asserting that no one has the right to keep Jews from playing in the Maccabiah. Claudio Ploit, the head of the Argentine delegation, said he accepted the decision but added that it was unacceptable that a Russian coach fought with one of Argentina's players instead of calming the situation.