The Maccabi-Efes, suspended due to air restrictions in Israel

The Israeli government has tightened entry measures into the country for both commercial flights and charters. The Turks did not get permission.


The Maccabi Tel Aviv-Anadolu Efes Istanbul match, corresponding to the 23rd day of the Euroleague and scheduled for Thursday, January 28, has been suspended "due to Israeli government restrictions" that prevented the Turkish team from reaching Tel Aviv, reported the Euroleague itself in a statement.

According to this version, the plane in which the Anadolu Efes expedition was traveling did not receive authorization from the Israeli authorities due to the "exceptional flight restriction measures" adopted last Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the flights that arrive and depart from their airports. These limitations affect both commercial flights and charters (in which teams usually travel in the highest continental competition), unless they are from Israeli companies.

According to the special regulations established by the Euroleague as a result of the pandemic, each match can be rescheduled or relocated up to three times, if there are dates available, so the Euroleague will try to find a new day for the dispute together with the teams involved. match. The first option is the most logical and the most normal, however, if the government measures are not solved, Maccabi could have to play outside their territory to avoid being penalized with a defeat by 20-0.

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