"When I give a slap, you feel it" - Israel coach slaps player during playoff win over Ireland 8 months ago

"When I give a slap, you feel it" - Israel coach slaps player during playoff win over Ireland

"My slaps are for real."

Former Charlton and Standard Liege manager Guy Luzon definitely went older than old-school at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, on Tuesday, with a harsh motivational gee-up to one of his players.


Luzon's Israel U21 side were pushed to the very brink by Ireland in their Uefa Championships playoff, before goalkeeper Daniel Peretz went into full-on hero mode in the penalty shootout.

The two-legged playoff finished 1-1 on aggregate, after extra time, and it got pretty tense out there. So tense, in fact, that Luzon was captured giving defender Ziv Morgan a lusty tactical rejoinder. Morgan took the slap in his stride, but Luzon still was not finished:

'Everything is out of love' - Guy Luzon

Following his side's 3-1 shootout success, which sends them to the Uefa Championships, Guy Luzon played the slap incident down. He told The Times of Israel:


"A slap? That was just a pat. When I give a slap, you feel it.

"Everything is out of love. My slaps are for real. What I gave Morgan was just a pat."

The slap has already been made light of by Morgan, who shared a video of it on his Instagram account, and his teammate Samuel Broun, who recreated the moment the morning after that shoot-out drama:

Ziv Morgan plays his club football with Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the Israeli Premier League.


The 22-year-old will be hoping to turn some heads against the best U21 talents out there when Israel compete at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, next summer. He will be 23 by then, but the tournament allows all players born after January 1, 2000 to represent their country, if selected, at it.

If Ziv Morgan does make that squad, he may be slow to approach the sideline again, if beckoned by Guy Luzon.

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