What a berko

Just in case you thought that the phenomenon of the abusive football dad was confined to this country, here is a story from Israel.

One father subjected the coach of a school under-nines football team to such a vicious tirade of abuse that he has been sentenced to community service and ordered to pay compensation to the coach.

The offender was none other than former Premiership star Eyal Berkovic, who clearly has not mellowed since retirement. At least Berkovic was slightly more restrained than former West Ham team-mate John Hartson who infamously kicked the Israeli during training.

    Last updated: 11:56am, March 12 2009