Is­rael duo in the dock

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL TOMER Hemed and Ariel Harush have been sus­pended for Is­rael’s next two matches af­ter crit­i­cis­ing na­tional team man­ager Elisha Levy fol­low­ing the de­feat in Spain.

Hemed, who was brought on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute when Is­rael trailed 3-0, vented his frus­tra­tion at not be­ing in­cluded in the start­ing line-up.

“Some­thing is not log­i­cal even de­tached from re­al­ity, I’m dis­ap­pointed Elisha Levy didn’t let me start,” Hemed said. “I should be the firstchoice striker and an­chor in the team.”

Levy re­sponded: “I ex­pect pro­fes­sional play­ers to know how to be­have. The na­tional team is above every­thing and I had no choice but to sus­pend them. Hemed does not talk about his coach like that at Brighton, even though he is not play­ing there be­cause he knows sanc­tions would be brought against him.”

Levy said Hemed and Hapoel Tel Aviv goal­keeper Harush would be re­quired to apol­o­gise to him in or­der to be se­lected again.

Goals from David Silva, Vi­tolo, Diego Costa and Isco con­demned Is­rael to a 4-1 de­feat against the for­mer world cham­pi­ons. Leor Rafaelov fired a con­so­la­tion for Is­rael who re­main in third place in Group G on nine points, four points be­hind Spain and Italy.

Is­rael hosts Al­ba­nia at the Sammy Ofer Sta­dium in Haifa on June 11.

PHOTO: AP

David Silva puts Spain ahead af­ter 13 min­utes

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