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Egyptian Midfielder Dons Gaza Solidarity in Africa Cup

This was first posted by Um Kahlil.  Egyptian Midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika reveals the slogan “Sympathize with Gaza” after scoring in Egypt’s 3-0 win over Sudan in the African National Cup.  The display of solidarity resulted in a yellow card on Saturday.

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7 Responses to “Egyptian Midfielder Dons Gaza Solidarity in Africa Cup”

  1. “resulted in a yellow card” and also he is being suspended for the next match!

    He is to be commended for his chivalrous gesture. Way to go Mohamed!

    Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2008, 9:39 pm
  2. as a technical note-he wasn’t suspended for the content of the message, but the display of the message. Shirt-stripping, revealing images/messages on under-shirts, has been banned by FIFA since 2002.

    HEre are the official guidelines on the matter:

    The new Fifa guidlelines state:

    * Undershirts must contain no messages of any kind, but be of only one plain colour.

    * While time wasting is still the major consideration, with referees under instruction not to permit it, the Board was more concerned about players deliberately taking off their shirts to reveal messages on their undershirts, sometimes of a political, religious, commercial or social nature.

    So, knowing the inevitibility of his actions, and still showcasing his solidaritiy is pretty damn activist gangsta of him!

    Posted by Maytha | January 27, 2008, 10:00 pm
  3. I heard that Hamas payed him to lift up his shirt. Developing..

    Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2008, 11:46 pm
  4. He's not suspended for the next match, and he wasn't paid by Hamas. Get your facts straight guys.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2008, 1:51 am
  5. The gesture is nice. But Gaza needs more than just sympathy. It would have been better if he wrote something action-oriented. Still, very nice of him.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2008, 7:07 am
  6. Reminds me of “Palestine Days” at Celtic Park!

    Posted by أبو سنان | January 28, 2008, 7:24 am
  7. I miss this a lot in soccer. The NYC team players would always rip off their jerseys and have an “I heart NY” shirt, some mexicans the virgin of guadalupe, and at the WC some of the senegalese their sufi saints, let alone all the personal touches.

    I know why the banned it, but I liked the flair and miss it in matches.

    Posted by Nimr | January 28, 2008, 2:56 pm

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