Moti Avanir recently came full circle as he returned to coach Hapoel Nof HaGalil (Hapoel Nazareth Illit in its previous incarnation) with the goal of trying to keep the team that was relegated to the National League last summer for another season in the Mishna League.
Already after a short period of time, Avner was involved in a disgraceful incident during his team's game against Hapoel PAT when the coach was heard saying to Idan Vared's past: "Look at the gay Idan Vared.
What does he want to be a judge?
I suddenly ran to the players.
They didn't see him for 4 years, suddenly he became my landlord."
Hapoel Nof HaGilil responded to the words and issued a statement that read: "The club apologizes to Idan Vared if we were hurt by the words. At the same time, it should be emphasized that the words were said in an internal conversation of the professional team with no intention of harming this or that player. Moti apologized personally and as far as we are concerned, it is a matter behind the scenes."
Ivanir told the sports channel: "The words were out of place and during a game. I apologize for the things that should not have been said. The Ward family is close to me far beyond football. Sometimes there is a blackout in the game and you don't know what you are thinking or saying. I apologize to Idan, his father And his family. I have nothing against the gay community. It was disgusting football slang."
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