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Hartson’s infamous kick at Berkovic during a West Ham training session

FORMER WELSH striker John Hartson has revealed his biggest regret – kicking his then West Ham teammate Eyal Berkovic in the face during a training session in 1998. Hartson was fined £20,000 for the incident and suspended for three games, and said at the weekend, “I brought a lot of embarrassment on my family, I felt ashamed, even today it’s the biggest regret of my career. Eyal Berkovic was a good lad and to this day I don’t know why I reacted the way I did. It was nothing personal against Eyal. It could have been anyone of the players on the training ground that day.” Berkovic said of the incident: “If my head had been a ball, it would have been in the top corner of the net.”

EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago we reported how marathon amputee runner Eitan Hermon had set his sights on becoming a world champion. While he hasn’t achieved that yet, it seems he’s on the right track. Rocky Muravitz, the chairman of TIKVOT – an organisation which rehabilitates terror victims and IDF wounded soldiers through sport, will be bringing Eitan to the Pace rehab center in Chesham to make him a prosthetic leg for next April’s London Marathon. Losing his right leg during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Eitan has just completed the full Berlin Marathon in a time of 3.00.46, which is not only the best achievement for Eitan’s category in the world this year, but was also a time which saw him finish in 1,270th place out of the 40,004 able bodied participants who were taking part.

CONGRATUALTIONS are in order for a trio of Maccabi GB futsal players. Scott Shulton and Jon Kurrant have been called up to the England Development Squad, while Russell Goldstein has received a first call-up to the England senior team.