Len­non rages over Kayal KO

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Celtic man­ager Neil Len­non has launched a scathing at­tack on the Is­raeli Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Len­non was in­censed af­ter Beram Kayal re­turned to Glas­gow with an an­kle in­jury sus­tained dur­ing Is­rael’s 4-3 in­ter­na­tional de­feat by Ivory Coast last week. He said: “You’d like to think the Is­raeli doc­tor would have called our doc­tor and let us known the ex­tent of the in­jury, say within an hour of the game. It’s com­mon cour­tesy.”

Is­rael FA spokesman Gil Le­banony told the JC: “There is no obli­ga­tion to im­me­di­ately re­port in­juries to a player’s club. Kayal was ex­am­ined by the team doc­tor af­ter the in­jury, and he felt cer­tain that there was no frac­ture, and told Kayal to re­port im­me­di­ately to Celtic’s doc­tor on re­turn­ing to Glas­gow the next day. But bear­ing in mind Neil Len­non’s re­sponse, we prom­ise that next time Kayal is in­jured, and let us hope there will never be a next time, we will re­port to him within an hour of the game’s end.”

Kayal, who missed Celtic’s 5-1 win over Dundee United last week­end with a swollen an­kle af­ter a chal­lenge by Di­dier Drogba, said: “He (Drogba) came in very hard. I though I had bro­ken my an­kle.”

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