Ujfalusi calls time on Czechs
Czech Republic's Tomas Ujfalusi has retired from international football after being publicly criticised.
Last Updated: 08/04/09 12:03pm
Czech Republic captain Tomas Ujfalusi has retired from international football after being publicly criticised.
A tabloid newspaper hit out at Ujfalusi and several of his team-mates for going to a restaurant late at night following the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia last week, which Czech Republic lost 2-1.
Pictures were published and allegations made regarding the company he was keeping, and Ujfalusi does not feel he was supported well enough by the Czech Football Association.
"I give up playing for the national team based on the current situation in the Czech Football Association and in Czech media," Ujfalusi said in a statement on the CTK news agency.
"It is the result of the situation after the latest qualifying matches."
Agent Dalibor Lacina added: "The federation didn't stand by them."
Ujfalusi made his international debut in 2001 and has gone on to score two goals in 78 appearances.
The 31-year-old defender, who joined Atletico Madrid from Fiorentina last summer, had been hoping to lead his country to next year's World Cup in South Africa.
But Czech Republic are currently fourth in Group Three and five points behind leaders Northern Ireland.