Football world express support for Palestine as Israel continues to shell Gaza



Wed, 18 Oct 2023 - 03:49 GMT


Wed, 18 Oct 2023 - 03:49 GMT

CAIRO, October 18, 2023: The tragic events that took place in Gaza during the past week have had a significant impact on the sports world. Numerous well-known athletes, particularly football players, have taken to social media to show their support for Palestine in the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict.  


Many famous people have used their powerful platforms like Instagram stories, posts, and tweets to highlight the escalating desperation of Palestinians and the necessity for peace in the area.





Mohammed Salah, Egyptian winger for Liverpool, came under fire for failing to openly address the ongoing conflict in Palestine, therefore it was reported that he gave money to Gaza through the Egyptian Red Crescent.

It`s been confirmed by the Egyptian Red Crescent official page which thanked Salah for his donations.



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With the flag of Palestine now serving as Mohamed Elneny's Instagram profile image, the Egyptian midfielder appears to be endorsing the Palestinian cause. 



Just a few days prior, Elneny's teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko restricted public access to his Instagram account after being harassed by internet trolls for declaring that he "stands with Israel."



Previously, in 2021, 31-year-old Egyptian international Elneny tweeted: "My heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine," followed by a picture of the Palestinian flag and a peace emoji.







During the armed war with Israel, Benzema showed his support for the Palestinian populace. Many people felt that the football player shouldn't have adopted such a stance as a result of his remarks' resonance.


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On X platform, Benzema wrote: "All our prayers for the residents of Gaza who are once again victims of these unjust bombings which spare no women or children."







Mesut Ozil, a former player for Real Madrid and Arsenal, expressed his support for Palestine on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday morning. A photo of "Free Palestine" and a request for an end to the destructive war were included in the retired Muslim German footballer's petition.


When he was playing in Turkey near the conclusion of his career, Ozil previously made his support for Palestine during their dispute with Israel known by donning a "Free Palestine" t-shirt alongside a number of his Fenerbahce colleagues.




After posting a political activist's letter calling to "end the apartheid imposed by the Israeli government," Man United legend Eric Cantona expresses his support for Palestine.





French FC Barcelona player Jules Kounde sent a message to his followers on social media regarding what is happening in Palestine.


Kounde posted a message on Instagram Stories in which he wrote: “Take the time to read the messages and listen to the entire video clips before responding and making hasty judgments. This is very important. Thank you.”






Youcef Atal, a player for Algeria, was suspended by Ligue 1 club, OG Nice, on Wednesday "until further notice" after he posted a contentious statement on social media regarding the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Despite the fact that he swiftly removed the tweet and apologized, the club announced in a press release that it was taking immediate disciplinary action "prior to any action that may be taken by the sporting and legal authorities" because of the "seriousness" of the post.



Supporters of Scottish Premier League club Celtic FC have expressed their support for the Palestinian people. It is well known that Celtic FC supporters have historically supported Palestine.


Also known as the "Green Brigade," they raised flags and unfurled banners that read "Free Palestine" and "Victory to the resistance" as their team defeated Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead. On social media, pictures of the fans waving flags and banners were widely shared.




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