Wednesday, March 24, 2004

It is sad and ironic to see a basketball team from the country that less than two weeks ago witnessed one of the worst terrorist attacks in modern history refuse to come and play here for a Euroleague game against Maccabi Tel Aviv, "given the tense atmosphere of violence in the region". Maccabi Tel Aviv chairman Shimon Mizrahi is probaby right when he says: " Valencia isn't concerned about the whole Yassin thing [...], they just want to stop us enjoying home-court advantage." The Euroleague organization - unlike its soccer counterpart - deserves praise for not giving in to terror, telling Valencia it must come to Tel Aviv for tomorrow's game and stating " Maccabi Tel Aviv is very organized when it comes to security matters."

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