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The court rejected Haifa's request to look in the police invastigation papers about Gavri Levi.
Haifa's Lawyer said in court that Levi prommised Haifa a 1 million shekels sponsor deal if they will give his son Guy a job.
 

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Soccer / Hap. Haifa's last hope lies in judge's hands

Club hoping police information will help it avoid relegation

By Doron Bergerfreund and Asher Goldberg




Relegated Hapoel Haifa will learn today whether it will be thrown a lifeline by the courts as it attempts to prove that its status last season was the result of fixed matches.

The club, through its receivers, petitioned the Haifa District Court yesterday, requesting to receive information from the police on the investigation into match fixing by referees and other individuals involved in illegal betting.

Court President Micha Lindenstrauss refused to allow the material to be handed over yesterday, but said that he would examine it overnight and would rule this morning whether any information of that gleaned by the police could be given to Haifa as it tries to argue its case and persuade the IFA that it should not be relegated.

One of the receivers, Yoel Goldberg, explained the situation yesterday: "We asked the judge to be allowed to peruse the summary of the investigation by the police, but their representative in court objected to our request, claiming that the district attorney's office could ask for more information and this could harm the investigation," he said.

"It is a great pity that as a party that has been harmed by the affair, we cannot use important information to persuade the IFA that a serious offense has been committed. We cannot rely on Gavri Levi [for help]," Goldberg continued.

Haifa is in severe financial difficulties and the relegation issue has only compounded the club's misfortunes, which began after the suicide of former owner Robie Shapira last December.

The IFA's management committee is meeting today to discuss the future structure of the league and a vote will be taken on whether to freeze relegations and increase the top divisions to 14 clubs. Such a move would effectively save Haifa from the drop. It looks unlikely, however, that 20 out of the 29 votes required to see the freeze motion adopted will be attained.

A more likely scenario today will be that the freeze will come into effect next season.

Levi, who has the casting vote, looks likely not to vote today along with the 28 chairmen of the teams in both top divisions. Levi's son, Guy, coached Haifa last season.

www.haaretzdaily.com
 
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