Zahavi released from nat'l team 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Tel Aviv midfielder Eran Zahavi was cut from the Israel squad on Tuesday
for next week’s Euro 2012 matches against Latvia and Georgia, after showing a
“lack of respect” to the national team, according to the Israel Football
Zahavi, who has been one of the rising stars of Israeli
soccer over the past couple of seasons, was given permission to take part in a
family celebration on Monday night, but failed to return to the team’s hotel by
midnight, as required, and didn’t show up for the team breakfast on Tuesday
“The Israel jersey must be respected,” coach Luis Fernandez
“Anyone who joins the team must come with the will and respect for
the side which represents the entire country.”
Israel faces Latvia in
Euro 2012 qualifying at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday night before hosting
Georgia three days later Zahavi later apologized for his behavior and claimed
that the incident was blown out of proportion.
However, the IFA plans to
discipline the midfielder and he could yet be handed a suspension from future
In other Israeli soccer news, Betar Jerusalem was deducted
one point and fined NIS 60,000 by the Israel Football Association disciplinary
court on Tuesday for the racist chants shouted by its fans at Hapoel Tel Aviv
midfielder Salim Toama during the match between the teams earlier this
“We are doing all we can to stop the racist chants,” Betar
chairman Itzik Kornfein said after hearing the verdict.
“I’m certain that
in the long run we will be able to solve this problem.”
deduction leaves Betar in 11th place with 31 points.