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Muslim footballer who posted about Gaza-Israel in France has been jailed for eight months

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Algerian defender Youssef Atal has been sentenced to eight months in prison by a French court for spreading hatred on social media about Israel and Gaza. But he does not have to go to jail now because of the suspended sentence.

The criminal court in Nice also fined Atal 45,000 euros for sharing anti-Semitic posts. The 27-year-old defender has been suspended indefinitely by his club Nice.

On November 24, Atal was arrested by the French police. He was granted bail of 80,000 euros after being questioned for sharing anti-Semitic posts. Although he was granted bail, the hearing was held on December 18.

The incident began in October. Atal shared a post on Instagram following the Israel-Hamas violence in Gaza. After a while I deleted it to no avail. The post reportedly saw a religious leader expressing his desire to call for a ‘black day for the Jews’ and ensure that ‘their flag does not fly in Gaza’.
The 27-year-old footballer deleted the post and apologized. Says he never ‘endorses anything that spreads hate’ and is against violence ‘anywhere in the world’. Because of this, he was banned for seven matches by the French league authorities at that time.

In the hearing, Atal apologized for sharing such a post and said he did not watch the entire 35-second video. He just wanted to give a ‘message of peace’. But the court was not satisfied with such an explanation.

Although temporarily banned from the club, Atal has no problem playing in the national team. Atal played three matches for Algeria after giving that post. He also got a place in the African Cup of Nations team.



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