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September 2, 2004
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An international soccer official said an Israeli match scheduled for Rosh Hashanah would not be changed. “We cannot accept when everyone starts using national, religious or political holidays as an argument for rescheduling matches,” a UEFA official was quoted as saying. “So now the people in Israel have to decide between synagogue and football.” Earlier, Germany’s foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, had said he would try to change the Sept. 15 date. Maccabi Tel Aviv said it had asked UEFA to change the date, but UEFA said the club had missed a deadline for filing a change request. Maccabi denied that it had missed the deadline.

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