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Smotrich seeks to put a halt to Saturday soccer games

Players vie for the ball during a UEFA Champions League group H match between Israel's Maccabi Haifa and France's Paris Saint-Germain at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa on September 14, 2022.  (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Players vie for the ball during a UEFA Champions League group H match between Israel's Maccabi Haifa and France's Paris Saint-Germain at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa on September 14, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Religious Zionism leader MK Bezalel Smotrich pens a letter to the head of the Israel Professional Football Leagues expressing his dismay at games being held during Shabbat.

Smotrich, who is expected to become a senior minister in the next government, writes that it is “very serious in my eyes” that the league is “choosing to close the gates” in the face of the religious community by holding games that begin during Shabbat.

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