The French Football League’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday suspended Nice’s Algerian international defender Youssef Atal for seven matches due to a video clip he posted on his social media account.
The disciplinary committee’s decision came after a judicial investigation on charges of “defending terrorism” and “anti-Semitism” in light of the escalation between Israel and Hamas, according to Agence France-Presse.
Atal quickly deleted the post and apologized, but his club decided on October 18 to suspend him until further notice.
Atal stated in the apology post: “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.”
The National Ethics Council of the French Football Federation referred the matter to the League’s Disciplinary Committee.
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