The Israeli Football Association will not sue the Norwegian Football Association for the cancellation of the international match between the teams. Both parties are now in dialogue and will find a solution.
– We talk to each other every hour, and are finding a good solution, says communications director of the Israeli Football Association, Shlomi Barzel, in an interview with VG. He says that the unions now have a good dialogue about the situation.
On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that one of the players on the Israeli team, Mu’nas Dabbur, had tested positive for the corona virus. According to the Israeli team, he had the infection from his German club team Hoffenheim with him. He was later picked up by the club in a private plane and transported out of Norway.
Then the NFF confirmed that the match was going to
On Wednesday morning, however, the counter message came, and only hours before it was to be played.
Barzel is himself in Norway with the team, and says that they were very surprised when the match was canceled, because the Norwegian association had shortly before confirmed that the match would go as planned. UEFA is also said to have been very surprised by the cancellation, according to Barzel.
– No one told us that there was ever a possibility that the match would be canceled. We only came here because the Norwegian association confirmed that it was to be played and that it was okay. The UEFA protocol is set up to ensure that it is implemented safely. There was no reason to cancel this. We are not a whole layer of infection that roams Norwegian soil, says Barzel.
Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli federation wanted to sue the NFF, based on statements in the Israeli media.
Barzel confirms that they will demand that NFF reimburse the costs they have incurred in the trip to Norway, but rejects that they should sue the Norwegian association.
– No, unions do not sue each other. We are in dialogue, and have not stated any specific sum. We want to be honest and humble, and only want to get back what we are entitled to, Barzel believes.
NFF’s general secretary, Pål Bjerketvedt, confirms that there is now dialogue between the parties.
– I have twice today had contact with the Secretary General of the Israeli Football Association. He was very disappointed and upset, but we have had a good conversation this afternoon, Bjerketvedt says to VG.