Petah Tikva were demoted after failing to raise the
mandatory minimum 11.4 million shekels ($3.3 million) by last
week's deadline and despite missing an extension on Tuesday when
they said they did not have all the money.
That failure initiated a move by the Israeli FA to promote
Hapoel Kfar Sava in place of Petah Tikva, who a day later
declared they had made up the shortfall and would be able to
present a viable budget.
The move prompted the FA's top court to agree to discuss the
matter and make a final ruling on Sunday.
In a brief statement on Thursday, the Israeli FA said: "The
supreme tribunal has decided that the hearing in the matter of
Hapoel Petah Tikva and Hapoel Kfar Sava will take place this
Petah Tikva finished third from bottom last season and won a
relegation playoff against Kfar Sava who finished third from top
in the second division.
As well as relegation, Petah Tikva were handed a nine-point
deduction from the start of the new season.
Petah Tikva, one of two clubs from the central Israeli town
near Tel Aviv, have suffered boardroom disputes recently.
They were a top side from the 1950s to the 1980s and won
five consecutive league titles between 1959 and 1963, still a
The declared budgets for Israel's richest clubs for the
coming season, which begins on Aug. 20, are about four times
bigger than the required minimum.
($1 = 3.499 Israeli Shekels)
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