February 23, 2012

Alon Yefet under suspicion

Some people were already surprised that Yefet was one of those referees who did not get a match by UEFA in February, as he was actually one of the referees from UEFA First Group nominated to referee a EL K.O. stage match.
 
Officials from the Israel Football Association and the Referees Union are keeping close tabs on developments in the tax evasion case against senior Israeli referee Alon Yefet. A recent report in Haaretz that the Tax Authority intends to indict Yefet over his failure to pay tax on overseas earnings was greeted with shock and consternation in both organizations. The chairman of the Referees Union, Benzion Salman, said that he hoped Yefet, like the dozen other referees who were found to owe taxes, would be able to reach some agreement with the Tax Authority and avoid having an indictment filed. “Obviously, ignorance of the law is no excuse”, Salman told Haaretz, “but according to what several referees have told me, they did not know that tax was not deduct
Alon Yefet, FIFA referee, classified as First Group referee by UEFA
ed at the source. I would like to believe that if the Tax Authority has reached an agreement with most of them, they recognize that they are guilty of nothing more than making an innocent error and not of systematically evading taxes”. Salman described Yefet as “one of the top international referees”, stating, “Our decision − despite the report that he is facing an indictment − is to allow him to continue to officiate matches until a final decision is made. Alon knew that the Tax Authority is planning to indict him and he still took charge of one of the toughest games in Israeli soccer − Beitar Jerusalem against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He ran the game perfectly and there were no signs that he was distracted or under any kind of pressure. We will continue to assign him to games as usual”, Salman added. “At the moment, there is no question of suspending him. When we get all the details of the charges from the Tax Authority, we will reconsider our position”.
The Tax Authority, meanwhile, is to submit a summary of the arrangement it has reached with 13 referees to the Israel Football Association and the Israel Basketball Association. If, as reported in Haaretz, it is proven that the 13 referees named in the report paid an out-of-court settlement to the Tax Authority, the respective associations are likely to suspend them, pending internal disciplinary action. However, since the 13 officials are considered the top soccer and basketball referees in Israel, it is unlikely that they will be expelled or suspended for any length of time. 


9 Comments:

  1. Alon Yefet is the referee will be the friendly match between Poland and Portugal.

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  2. Niclas, check your gmail mailbox. First leg: Rubin - Olympiacos and Braga - Besiktas are reported.

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  3. Thanks a lot, but according to UEFA ref observer Fandel, the 2-0 was no offside.

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  4. Niclas EFeb 17, 2012 03:35 AM
    short info: referee observer Fandel told Ring that the 2-0 should have been offside

    Hmmm -.- :)

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    1. Fandel had better videos in Frankfurt (DFB) than in Milano, so the confusion was created, the info Kassai and his team has is ONSIDE.

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  6. I want to be honest, I hope that Fandel talked about more important things with Kassai and assistants. A slight offside, seen or not seen, cannot be so criticized.
    Ok maybe it's important too, but first of all, there are other important aspects.

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    1. Right. I would be interested to know the UEFA mark for Kassai.
      I am a bit split. While many say that he was completely disappointing, I was very content with his approach and refereeing in general. The last 15 minutes were of course not perfect.

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  7. many penalties and red cards in Asian WC qualifiers.

    El Haddad begins to interest me.

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