Blockchain Entrepreneur Moshe Hogeg Agrees to Buy Jerusalem Football Club, Report Says
Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday that Hogeg and the current owner of Beitar Jerusalem had signed a memorandum of understanding, that will see Hogeg pay some $7 million for the club
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.Hogeg’s move to buy the club was first reported on Wednesday, with Tabib reportedly agreeing to an offer of $6.5 million (NIS 24 million). On Thursday, Tabib reportedly rejected the offer, asking for an additional $1.1 million (NIS 4 million). The football club carries a debt of $2.2 million (NIS 8 million), more than it disclosed during earlier negotiations, Ynet News reported Thursday, citing Hogeg as saying he will not pay “a shekel more” than the previously agreed-upon sum.
Founded in 1936, Beitar Jerusalem is politically affiliated with right-wing politics and is historically associated with Israel’s governing party, the Likud-National Liberal Movement. Beitar is the only Israeli club playing in the country’s premier league to have never signed a player belonging to the Arab minority, which makes up roughly 20% of Israel’s population.In May, six-time national champion Beitar Jerusalem announced a plan to add U.S. President Donald Trump’s last name to its team name, as a tribute to Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.