Awat dumps Barca out of ti­tle race

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

Is­rael na­tional keeper Dudu Awat en­sured it was a bad week for Barcelona by end­ing their Span­ish League ti­tle hopes with a star­ring role in De­portivo La Coruna’s 2-0 vic­tory.

The 30-year-old has been in ex­cep­tional form with six clean sheets in 10 games since re­turn­ing to De­por’s first team in Fe­bru­ary af­ter spend­ing 10 weeks on the bench and fol­low­ing a string of de­feats that left them strug­gling in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. De­spite Awat’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, sources close to the Is­raeli say that he is ea­ger to move to Eng­land in the sum­mer. Hav­ing been linked with a move to Bolton, he would be happy to join fel­low Is­raeli Tamir Co­hen, but would de­cline the switch if the Trot­ters are rel­e­gated.

Barcelona star­let Gai As­sulin, 16, re­fused to play for Is­rael’s Un­der 19 team at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment as he was fu­ri­ous about be­ing handed his pre­lim­i­nary call-up pa­pers for IDF ser­vice. The Is­rael FA Dis­ci­plinary Ap­peals Com­mit­tee has over­turned the 2-0 tech­ni­cal vic­tory to Mac­cabi Her­zliya over Be­tar Jerusalem and or­dered the match to be re­played be­hind closed doors. The pun­ish­ment fol­lowed a pitch in­va­sion by Be­tar fans in last month’s match.

Birm­ing­ham’s Daniel de Rid­der has ad­mit­ted he may have to con­sider his fu­ture af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated at his lack of first-team op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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