Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny is on the middle of a row over a post to his enormous following voicing his “heart”, “soul” and “support” for Palestine, inflicting an outraged Jewish chief to urge sponsors and the English FA to act.
Experienced worldwide ElNeny posted a photograph of a person holding a Palestinian flag in entrance of a crowd in a present of his emotions on the present battle between Palestine and Israel.
The 28-year-old backed up the post, which is claimed to have included a picture referred to as ‘Palestine Lives Matter’ that includes an overview of Israel crammed with pro-Palestine photos, by telling his Instagram following of virtually 5 million: “My heart, my soul, my support for you, Palestine.”
That led to Tal Ofer, of the UK Board of Deputies, to attain out to membership backers together with Lavazza Group, who stated: “We’ll immediately reach out to Arsenal to remark that we are concerned about the club being associated with such a message.
“The content of this post is totally not aligned with our company values. Lavazza Group is fully committed against racism and anti-semitism.”
In an announcement, Arsenal instructed the Jewish Chronicle (JC) that ElNeny was “entitled to express views”, though the Premier League also-rans added that they might be “speaking to Mo” concerning the post in order that he “understands the wider implications”.
“As a club, we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life,” they insisted.
You can support Palestine without wiping Israel off the map. Why is this so difficult to understand.
— JoshArsenal (@JoshArsenalFC) May 15, 2021
Ofer and the JC both said they had also contacted key club sponsor Adidas. “I am also sad that Arsenal did not want to deal with this more seriously,” he rued. “I would expect better from them than this.”
The self-described “progressive in politics and music” and Gunners fan was additionally stated to have instructed the English Football Association to droop ElNeny for the post, reportedly including on a locked account: “No ifs, no buts”.
There was a mixed public reaction on social media to the post, which attracted almost 165,000 likes in around four days.
If one of the club’s sponsors have a problem with Elneny sending his support to Palestine: bin them, not Elneny. @Arsenal.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) May 15, 2021
All these players need to understand that they become stars because of their fans and these fans are from different religions… these so called stars has got the moral responsibility to stay neutral in situations like these instead of hurting some peoples feelings
— 𝕊𝕖𝕓⚽️ (@pradeepseb) May 15, 2021
“If one of many membership’s sponsors have an issue with ElNeny sending his help to Palestine, bin them, not ElNeny,” argued one, while another said: “All these gamers want to perceive that they develop into stars due to their followers and these followers are from completely different religions.
“These so-called stars has got a moral responsibility to stay neutral in situations like these instead of hurting some people’s feelings.”
ElNeny has made 40 appearances for his membership this season, together with the total recreation as they earned a shock 1-Zero win at Chelsea within the Premier League on Wednesday.