Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen leaving national team

24.11.2021 - 12:02
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Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is leaving his post as assistant coach of the Icelandic men’s national football team. The reason is said to be an incident following the match against North Macedonia earlier this month. Team staff, and players, were apparently drunk during the incident. Eiður received a caution in the summer and took temporary leave after a video was distributed of him in an intoxicated state.

Eiður Smári took leave from his work with KSÍ, the Icelandic FA, this June after a video was widely shared online, showing him extremely drunk in central Reykjavík, and after appearing drunk on a television discussion programme on Sjónvarp Símans. He said at the time, in a statement, that he was working on his personal issues. He was given a formal caution by KSÍ and sent on temporary leave. A statement from KSÍ expressed support for Eiðar Smári and his decision to seek help.

KSÍ announced last night that Eiðar Smári is leaving the post of assistant coach of the national team. According to RÚV sources, and other media, the announcement is related to the assistant coach’s alcohol consumption after the recent North Macedonia match. After the incident, the board of KSÍ decided to terminate the contract because Eiður Smári was already under a caution for excessive alcohol consumption. 

Ómar Smáraon, head of communications at KSÍ, told RÚV today the reason the announcement was made so late at night was simply that the KSÍ board meeting ran late and it then took a while to write a press release.  

KSÍ chair Vanda Sigurgeirsdóttir and head coach Arnar Þór Viðarsson were not available for comment this morning. 

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