Yesterday, Wednesday, the French League’s disciplinary committee punished the player of the French club Nice and the Algerian national football team, Youssef Atal, with a 7-match suspension due to a post in support of Palestine against the current Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
The RMC Sports Network website said that the 7-match suspension penalty will take effect from October 31, which means the player will be absent from his team’s matches until the end of 2023.
Atal (27 years old) posted on his Instagram account a video clip of a preacher calling for a black day for the Jews, before the player quickly deleted the post after it caused widespread controversy. The post was considered “anti-Semitic and contains calls for violence.”
Despite Atal’s apology, he said, “I know that my post shocked many people, and that was not my intention, and I apologize for that,” adding that he wanted to “clarify his point of view without any ambiguity: I strongly condemn all forms of violence anywhere in the world, and I support all… Victims.”
However, on October 18, his club decided to suspend him until further notice, and the National Ethics Council of the French Football Federation referred the matter to the League’s Disciplinary Committee.
A few days ago, the Public Prosecutor in Nice announced the opening of a preliminary investigation on charges of “defending terrorism” against Atal on charges of “incitement to hatred or violence based on a specific religion,” and the investigation was entrusted to the judicial police in Nice.
It sparked a fight Al-Aqsa flood The Israeli aggression on Gaza that followed was directed at the measures in sports stadiums, but not all of them were similar to what happened in France, where the German club Werder Bremen decided not to give instructions to its players regarding their position on the Israeli aggression on Gaza, while the English Football Association decided not to allow… Entering stadiums with the flags of Israel and Palestine.