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Ligue 1 footballer Youcef Atal is being investigated on fees of “defending terrorism” after he allegedly shared an antisemitic message on social media in relation to the battle in Israel and Gaza. The Good defender, who has received 31 caps for Algeria and featured eventually yr’s Africa Cup of Nations, has apologised after posting after which deleting a video on Instagram.

The video confirmed Palestinian preacher Sheikh Mahmoud al-Hasanat asking God to ship “a black day on the Jews” and “accompany the hand” of the folks of Gaza “in the event that they throw the stone”. And the Good public prosecutor’s workplace has stated it opened a preliminary investigation on Monday with Atal additionally accused of “public incitement to hatred or violence due to a specific faith”.

The put up precipitated outrage in Good, with the mayor of the town Christian Estrosi demanding an apology from the 27-year-old participant who has performed six of the membership’s eight Ligue 1 video games this season. Estrosi insisted Atal ought to “denounce the terrorists of Hamas” or “he would not have a spot in our membership”.

The president of the French Soccer Federation Philippe Diallo then stated: “The requires violence relayed by OGC Good participant Youcef Atal are opposite to the ethics of our sport and the values that soccer relentlessly defends. The FFF condemns them within the strongest attainable phrases. Hate speech can’t be tolerated.”

Atal apologised for his put up as he returned to Instagram to write down: “I wish to make my level clear in no unsure phrases. I strongly condemn all types of violence, anyplace on the planet, and I help all victims. I’ll by no means help a message of hate. Peace is a perfect by which I firmly imagine.”

Atal’s put up isn’t his first to trigger controversy throughout his time as a Good participant. Again in October 2020, the ace favored one other contentious message on social media and later insisted he had “not meant to harm anybody” and that he was “Muslim and in opposition to terrorism”.

The most recent battle started on Saturday, October 7 when militants from Gaza fired rockets into Israel, earlier than breaking down a border fence. In response to CNN, Hamas gunmen killed greater than 1,400 folks, together with civilians and troopers, after storming Israeli territory and taking 199 hostages.

In response, Israel declared conflict and launched Operation Swords of Iron, which has seen the nation strike what it calls Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza. Israel dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza between October 7 and October 12, with Israel‘s Protection Forces telling civilians in Gaza to depart their residential areas. Israel has additionally blocked supply of electrical energy, meals, gas and water till the hostages are freed.

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