The Dutch striker of Moroccan origin, Anwar El Ghazi, denied apologizing to his club Mainz, which is in last place in the German Football League, due to several posts on social media in which he expressed his solidarity with the sector. Gaza And PalestineAnd called on him to stop the Israeli aggression.
The former player of Ajax, Eindhoven, Lille in France, Aston Villa and Everton in England published several posts on social media following the beginning of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, in which he denounced the Israeli aggression and said, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be liberated.”
Mainz decided to suspend Al-Ghazi on October 17, justifying this by taking “a position on the conflict in the Middle East in a way that is unacceptable to the club.”
Last Monday, the club announced Al-Ghazi’s return to the team, and said that during several conversations with the club’s management, he “distanced himself from his message published on his Instagram account (October 17) and deleted it himself a few minutes later.”
Al-Ghazi: I do not regret it and I did not apologize
But Al-Ghazi (28 years old) said today, Wednesday, on his Instagram account, “I do not regret, and I do not feel any regret for my position. I do not distance myself from what I said or support today, until my last breath, for the sake of humanity and the oppressed,” calling for “an end to the killing in Gaza,” without saying anything. He repeats the formula, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be liberated.”
He added, “Any statement, comment, or apology attributed to me is factually incorrect, and I did not authorize it.”
The club responded, “Mainz took note of Al-Ghazi’s statements on social media regarding the club with astonishment and lack of understanding,” explaining that the player was on sick leave on Monday.
He added that the club “is studying the facts legally and will then evaluate them.”
Israel continues its intense bombing of civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip for 26 days, and the victims of its aggression have so far claimed 8,796 martyrs, most of whom are children, women and the elderly, according to what the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced.