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Leicester players show support for Palestinians after FA Cup win


London (AFP) – Leicester players Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana showed support for the Palestinians after winning the FA Cup final on Saturday.

English midfielder Choudhury and French defender Fofana were seen holding a Palestinian flag.

Choudhury had the flagged draped over his shoulders as he collected his winner’s medal after beating Chelsea 1-0.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in support of Palestinians on Saturday in major European cities including London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris, as the worst violence in years raged between Israel and militants in Gaza.

A social media post from Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny also showing his support for the Palestinian people has been hit by a backlash from Jewish fans.

The Egyptian posted on his Twitter account: “My heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine.”

Arsenal confirmed to Sky Sports that they have spoken with Elneny after concerns about the post were raised from one of the club’s sponsors, coffee maker Lavazza.

“As with any employees of Arsenal, our players are entitled to express their views on their own platforms,” the club told Sky Sports News.

“That said we have spoken to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications of his post.

“As a club we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life.”

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Donald Dickerson

    May 17, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Yep this site and the sport as a whole has done more news off the pitch than on it over the last couple years. LGBT, Anti Trump / BrExit, BLM/kneeling, stadiums with fans (since well everyone is scared to be around people now or is mad that Florida opened up and allowed fans to early according to those here at WST) and now anti Israel / pro terrorists.

  2. Yespage

    May 17, 2021 at 10:04 am

    This used to be a place to talk a lot about soccer on the pitch.

  3. Rich

    May 16, 2021 at 7:51 am

    @ Yespage
    What do you mean by “bad enough?” That’s the main mission of the site. Christopher isn’t trying to break transfer news or coach sackings.

  4. Roberto

    May 16, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Yespage is correct in both areas of his comments.
    It is just Gaza is held hostage by Hamas and when they fire the unguided missiles at Israel they kill a few people and they is a crime. When Israel strike back with guided weapons they kill 100s on purpose.
    The concept of collective punishment was used by the Germans in WWII. If a German was killed they killed 100s as punishment.
    Both sides comment war crimes and the leaders should be tried as war criminals.

  5. Jerry

    May 16, 2021 at 6:49 am

    So these two players publicly support terrorism and the media fawns over them. If they had supported Israel, the media would have crucified them.

    The same thing with English football’s ongoing support of the BLM terrorists and taking the knee before every match.

    Both actions are disgusting and uncalled for but because they meet an approved media narrative that violence and destruction and hate are OK, then those actions are deemed permissible without question.

  6. Yespage

    May 15, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I’m thinking we aren’t going to have a viable discussion on the wickedly complicated Israeli-Palestinian relationship in the comments section of World Soccer Talk. It is bad enough that the talk here is mostly about coverage of Soccer, instead of Soccer itself.

  7. Don Dickerson

    May 15, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Let’s put it into sports perspective. If you hit Mike Tyson 100 times while he is telling you to quit or else. You’d blame Mike for knocking you into next month with 1 hit.

    Just because Israel has the iron dome it doesn’t mean Palestinians should have unlimited attempts at trying to get rockets to penetrate that dome, without any repercussions.

  8. Roberto

    May 15, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Who kills 100s for every death in Israel. This mess is all about a corrupt leader that will cause people on both sides to die, so that he can stay in power!

  9. Don Dickerson

    May 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Everyone standing against the only middle east country that doesn’t kill LGBT people. Makes me wonder why there is so much hate for Jewish people and the Nation of Israel as a whole.

    It’s also interesting that Israel fires 1 rocket for every 100 that is fired against them. But yes let’s all hate on Israel for just not dying. Everyone says they hate Nazi’s but then they want to see all Israelis dead.

    This might not stay up here and I understand it, but the other side needs a voice while all of MSM is demanding Israel stand down and die so Palestinian can take over Israel’s land.

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