Big controversy for Zakaria Aboukhlal. And for good reason, the Moroccan international (17 caps, 3 goals) would have made remarks of a serious significance with regard to an elected representative of the French Republic… Toulouse decided to dismiss her.
Bad weather for Zakaria Aboukhlal. A few hours after having refused to wear the rainbow jersey, as part of the day against homophobia, the TFC winger (13 goals, 5 offerings in 39 TCC appearances this season), finds himself once again in the eye of the storm. Indeed, the native of Rotterdam would have ostensibly displayed sexist behavior towards Laurence Arribagé, the deputy in charge of Sports at the town hall of Toulouse, during the festivities of the Coupe de France, the day after the victory over Nantes (1-5), in the Salle des Illustres du Capitole.
According to information from RMC Sportswho quotes “several witnesses” present at the evening of April 30, at the request of the elected to make less noise during the speech of coach Philippe Montanier, the player would have retorted in these terms: “At home, women don’t talk like that to men. » And it wasn’t over. The Atlas Lion would then have returned to Arribagé to ask her to apologize. A fact that the 52-year-old leader denied, again according to the French publication, simply saying that “players don’t really like being asked to shut up like this”.
Morocco accuses, Toulouse punishes
Faced with the outcry generated by these revelations, the Moroccan fanbase united around their player, showing their ” support “ and denouncing “repeated attacks” emanating from “the French press”. A cabal which could find its foundation in the refusal of the person concerned to unite in the fight against homophobia. It is true that the timing of this affair, which came out the day after the rainbow jersey affair, raises questions…
New controversy around Zakarya Aboukhlal according to RMC SPORT
An altercation reportedly took place between Aboukhal and Arribagé.
During Philippe Montanier’s speech, Laurence Arribagé would have turned around to ask Zakaria Aboukhlal to make less noise. The international… pic.twitter.com/Mzc9zAtYD1
— SOCCER212 (@SCCR_212) May 15, 2023
In the meantime, the Toulouse club has stepped up to announce the opening of an investigation and the sidelining of its player. “Faced with the serious allegations published by RMC Sport against the player of Toulouse Football Club, Zakaria Aboukhlal, the Club announces that its player will train away from the professional group until further notice, pending the results of an internal investigation. The Club will not comment further until the conclusion of the latter.communicated the Téfécé on its official Twitter account this Monday, May 15 in the early evening.
Faced with the serious allegations published by RMC Sport against the player of Toulouse Football Club, Zakaria Aboukhlal, the Club announces that its player will train away from the professional group until further notice, pending the results of a… pic.twitter.com/DGcS2CBfIh
—Toulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) May 15, 2023