Former Pompey favourite Eyal Berkovic stunned by attack on player

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Former Pompey star Eyal Berkovic says a game in which a player was attacked by a fan turned from football to ‘war.’

Bekovic, now manager of Israeli side Hapoel, was left stunned by violence that erupted when his side took on Maccabi in the Tel Aviv derby.

Eyal Berkovic

Eyal Berkovic

The match was abandoned at half-time after a bare-chested supporter raced onto the field and attacked Hapoel striker Eran Zahavi.

Police manhandled the fan away, but the player was sent off for retaliating. prompting further pitch invasions before the game was called off.

Berkovic said: ‘This was not a game of football, it was war.

‘I’m stunned and ashamed to be involved in football on a day like today.

‘Both clubs and both sets of supporters must be severely punished for what happened here.”

Israel international Zahavi, 27, was confronted shortly after he converted a penalty to make the score 1-1.

Berkovic signed for Pompey in 2004 and played 22 times in a year-long stint at Fratton Park.