Scharf Takes Leave From Paper After Ghostwriting

Former national team coach Shlomo Scharf has suspended himself from writing for Israel Hayom until at least the end of the Euro 2012 tournament

Former national team coach-tuned-soccer commentator Shlomo Scharf has suspended himself from writing for the tabloid Israel Hayom until at least the end of the Euro 2012 tournament, after a commentary he supposedly penned on a game he supposedly watched appeared in Sunday's paper.

Scharf was in fact at a performance by crooner Shlomo Artzi at the Caesarea amphitheater on Saturday night, as proven by dozens of pictures that have popped up on social media websites in the past two days.

Scharf initially claimed that he followed the game on his iPhone during the concert. However one fellow concertgoer posted on Facebook yesterday that he updated Scharf when Germany scored against Portugal.

Yesterday Israel Hayom admitted that when they discussed the incident with Scharf, he apologized to any of his readers who may have been misled, and took full responsibility for the mishap.

The newspaper issued a statement in which it said, "We appreciate what Shlomo Scharf has done for Israel soccer and accept his apology and decision to suspend himself because of the mistake he made."

No word on whether or when Scharf will return to the job at the paper.