Tel Aviv — Maccabi Tel Aviv says its football coach has quit
because of the "current security situation" in Israel.
The club says Oscar Garcia, who is Spanish, is to be
replaced by Pako Ayestaran, another Spaniard. Ayestaran was previously an
assistant coach at Liverpool and Valencia under Rafa Benitez.
Garcia's resignation came two days before the second leg of
the team's Europa League playoff against Greek club Asteras Tripolis, scheduled
to be played in Cyprus.
Israel is in the eighth week of a military campaign in the
Gaza Strip. It has been accompanied by the firing of hundreds of rockets by
Islamic militants at Israel, including some at Tel Aviv.
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