Israel duo in the dock
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.
David Silva puts Spain ahead after 13 minutes