The owner of Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club stated Saturday that he is putting the team up for sale at the end of the season. Eli Tabib cited recent violent episodes in Israeli soccer and harassment against his family as reasons for his decision.
In a detailed statement released to the media, Tabib wrote, “I went into Hapoel Tel Aviv with the goal of moving this magnificent club forward. I had many plans and I had already started planning the next season, but the serious incidents that have been happening for quite some time are preventing me from continuing and from investing in the team.”
He noted that fans on Friday had gone so far as to protest in front of a clothing store owned by his wife.
Tabib added, “In light of the serious events in Israeli soccer, and the ongoing harassment against my family, I have decided to put the club up for sale.”