Swansea give Shechter special dispensation to miss League Cup game for Yom Kippur

The Israeli international, who is yet to make his full debut for the Swans, has been given permission to miss the clash against Crawley Town as he observes the Jewish holiday
Swansea City striker Itay Shechter has been given special dispensation to miss the club's League Cup clash with Crawley Town as he observes the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

The 25-year-old, who signed on loan from Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern in the summer, had been expected to make his first start for the Swans at the Broadfield Stadium.
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However, Swans manager Michael Laudrup has given the forward his permission to miss the match against the League One side on religious grounds.

“In Israel there is one important holiday in the season, that is Yom Kippur,” said Shechter.

“For 24 hours you only pray, you don’t eat or anything. Anyone who’s Jewish cannot work on that day, they cannot do anything.

“Yossi Benayoun is my friend from the national team and he is exactly the same.

“When Michael was in Majorca he had two Israeli players, so he knew I couldn’t play to be fair. They had a game that they couldn’t play in as well.”