Bayern Munich Defends Noussair Mazraoui Over Pro-Palestinian Post

German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, have issued a statement in defense of their fullback, Noussair Mazraoui, who recently shared a pro-Palestinian Instagram video.

Criticism Over Pro-Palestinian Social Media Post

After Noussair Mazraoui’s pro-Palestinian social media post, he faced significant criticism, particularly from Germans who perceived it as support for terrorists.

Detailed Meeting and Clarification

In response to the situation, Bayern Munich and the 25-year-old Moroccan international held a detailed and clarifying meeting.

Following the meeting, Bayern Munich released a statement on October 20, in which Noussair Mazraoui stated that his pro-Palestinian Instagram video was “never meant to cause any irritation” to users.

Condemnation of Terrorism

In the same statement, Bayern added that Mazraoui declared, “I condemn all terrorism and terrorist organizations.”

Background on Israel-Gaza Conflict

Reports mention that Israel has killed over 3,000 people in Gaza in the last two weeks due to military operations. This follows a terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, which claimed 1,400 lives in Israel.

Bayern’s Response

While condemning “Hamas’ attack on Israel,” Bayern’s chief executive, Jan-Christian Dreesen, said, “Noussair Mazraoui has credibly assured us that as a peace-loving person, he resolutely rejects terror and war. He never meant to cause any irritation with his posts.”

Mazraoui’s Status with Bayern Munich

Bayern confirmed that Noussair Mazraoui will remain in the squad, even though he is currently unavailable to start games due to his injury.

Similar Incidents in Football

This incident involving a football player’s social media post is not isolated. Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi was suspended by German club Mainz earlier this week for a social media post related to the Israel-Gaza conflict. Afterward, he deleted the post that his club considered “unacceptable.”

Additionally, Youcef Atal, a defender for Nice, is being investigated by French prosecutors for allegedly posting an anti-Semitic video about the conflict on social media.

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