Cohen dies following accident

Former Liverpool player Avi Cohen has died following his recent motorcycle accident.

The news was announced at a press conference by Cohen's son, Bolton midfielder Tamir Cohen and confirmed by the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Cohen was 54 and played for Liverpool from 1979 to 1981, scoring the goal which secured the 1980 First Division title.

The former Israel international also had a short spell with Rangers, moving to Ibrox in 1987.

Tamir Cohen said: "Dad died of brain death. Thanks to all the people of Israel for their support and assistance."

The Bolton player had flown out to Israel to be at his father's bedside following the former Liverpool defender's crash, which occurred on December 20.

Avi Shoshan, a spokesman for the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, told Press Association Sport: "The committee of doctors say that Avi Cohen is brain dead.

"They have issued a death certificate. Now they are talking with the family to try and figure out what to do about his organs, whether to donate or not. That is the dilemma right now. There is no way back."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: "On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers football club, our thoughts are with Tamir and his family with the news that Avi Cohen has passed away.

"We are saddened by this news and we would request the Cohens' privacy is respected at this time."