Scharner quits Austria
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan defender Paul Scharner has quit international football.
Wigan defender Paul Scharner has quit international football after a falling out with the Austrian FA.
The 26-year-old was sensationally banned by Austria coach Josef Hickersberger, who claimed the former Brann Bergen stopper wanted to pick and choose which games he would play.
Scharner has now reacted by confirming he will no longer play for his country and has labelled the set-up a shambles.
"I've always been a huge patriot, ready to play for Austria, but recent events have killed my patriotism stone dead," Scharner is quoted in the Sunday Mirror.
"It's the fault of the unprofessional set-up at the national FA. I don't want to name names or wash dirty linen, but there is a complete lack of professionalism.
"I've decided there's no point in me carrying on. I phoned national coach Pepi Hickersberger on Monday to ask him to accept my resignation - and he did.
"My decision is final."