W/Cup Qualifier: Israel Captain Booed, Angrily Retires Ahead of Italy Tie
Captain of Israel's national team, Eran Zahavi has angrily retired from international football after his team was booed by fans in a 1-0 2018 World Cup qualifier loss to Macedonia.
Zahavi was furious, threw his captain’s armband on the pitch and staged a walk out in Haifa when fans started booing his team immediately Macedonia scored.
Israel’s authority frown at Zahavi’s action and the federation has suspended him for an undetermined period.
"I can't stand it anymore," Zahavi told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
"We are in a country that doesn't know how to honour its great athletes, so I prefer to leave. It's unbelievable that the fans boo their team. That doesn't happen anywhere else in the world.
"I didn't want to react like I did, but I imploded."
Zahavi plays his professionally football for China's Guangzhou R&F.
At the age of 30, he has made 39 senior national team appearances. Israel will face Italy on Tuesday as the 2018 World Cup qualifier continues.
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