Top Israeli ex-footballer dies

Former Israeli international footballer Avi Cohen has
died from head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

His son, Tamir Cohen, who plays for Bolton Wanderers in
the English Premiership, said his father was pronounced brain dead by doctors
at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Avi Cohen, 54, was gravely injured in the accident last
week.

The defender was the first Israeli to play in the English
top flight when he signed for Liverpool in 1979.

“To our great sadness, a health ministry committee
was in the hospital today and confirmed that our father is indeed brain dead.
Which is to say, he has died,” Tamir Cohen said, the Reuters news agency
reported.

The Bolton midfielder and Israeli international had flown
to Israel from England following his father’s accident.

Avi Cohen was one of Israel’s best-known players in the
late 1970s and early 1980s.

He made 24 appearances for Liverpool, scoring one goal in
the match against Aston Villa which secured the team the 1979-80 league title.

Avi Cohen began his playing career with Maccabi Tel Aviv
before joining Liverpool, then returned to Maccabi. He briefly played at
Glasgow Rangers before ending his career with Maccabi Netanya.

He captained his country and was chairman of the Israeli
Professional Footballers Association for the past eight years, and was a
regular local radio and television pundit.

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