Austria ends Paul Scharner’s international career
The Austrian football federation said Friday that defender Paul
Scharner will never play for the national team again after leaving
the players’ hotel a few hours before a friendly following a
dispute with coach Marcel Koller.
”The player Paul Scharner, regardless who is the coach, will
not be called up for any national team in the future,” the
federation said in a statement.
Koller said Scharner left the hotel after unsuccessfully
demanding a place in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s match
against Turkey, which Austria won 2-0.
”I never promise anyone a place on the team,” Koller said
after the match.
However, Scharner said he left when being told he wouldn’t play
a part in Koller’s future plans.
”Newspapers wrote before the match I wasn’t going to play
against Turkey or in the future,” Scharner was quoted as saying on
his club Hamburg’s website. ”Koller then told me I would not play
under him anymore and asked me to leave the hotel.”
The 32-year-old Scharner, who joined Hamburg this season after
stints at Wigan and West Bromwich Albion in England, played 40
internationals, making him one of the most experienced members of
Only captain Christian Fuchs, Emanuel Pogatetz and Andreas
Ivanschitz have more caps.
It wasn’t Scharner’s first fallout with the national team. He
was dropped in 2006 after publicly criticizing the national
federation for being ”unprofessional.”
He missed the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland
in 2008 before then coach Karel Bruckner got him back on the team
later that year.