German Jewish leader lambastsUEFA over Champions League match

14th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 September 2004 , HAMBURG - German Jewish leader Paul Spiegel said he was "dismayed and outraged" over UEFA's decision to play a Champions League match in Tel Aviv as Jewish New Year festivities begin. Spiegel told Welt Kompakt newspaper Tuesday he had "no understanding" for UEFA's decision not to reschedule Wednesday evening's match between Maccabi and German side Bayern Munich. Both sides had asked football's European governing body to bring the match forward to Tuesday evening to avoid a clash with th

14 September 2004

HAMBURG - German Jewish leader Paul Spiegel said he was "dismayed and outraged" over UEFA's decision to play a Champions League match in Tel Aviv as Jewish New Year festivities begin.

Spiegel told Welt Kompakt newspaper Tuesday he had "no understanding" for UEFA's decision not to reschedule Wednesday evening's match between Maccabi and German side Bayern Munich.

Both sides had asked football's European governing body to bring the match forward to Tuesday evening to avoid a clash with the start of Rosh Hashana festivities.

"I could only shake my head on hearing a UEFA official say it was up to Israelis to decide whether they go to football or visit the synagogue. That is a disregard for religious feelings, " he said.

"What sort of outcry would there be in Germany if UEFA decided such a match had to be played on Christmas Eve?"

Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, meanwhile praised Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer for suggesting Bayern players should visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial while in Israel.

"Although the present generation does not bear any blame I think it's tremendous that Bayern (players) are aware of the history and responsibility and bow to the millions of Jews who were murdered during the Third Reich," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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