Way to Go, Egypt!

Posted: January 27, 2008 in Civil Rights, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East, News & Views, Palestinians, World News

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During his team’s Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday, Egyptian player (midfielder) Mohamed Aboutrika, lifted his Egypt shirt after scoring against Sudan to reveal a T-shirt bearing the message “Sympathize with Gaza”

Kudos to the player and to such an honorable and humanitarian gesture.

Aboutrika, who plays for Egyptian side Al Ahly, was protesting against Israel’s 10-day blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory and was subsequently booked by the referee.

The gesture was in contravention of the laws of world football’s governing body Fifa, which insists that undershirts must contain no messages of any kind, whether they be of a political, commercial or religious nature.

Egypt assistant coach Shawky Gharib insisted that Aboutrika’s actions had no political significance.

“He told me that the way he celebrated scoring was completely personal with no political significance and will not repeat that in the coming matches,” said Gharib.

The Pharaohs defeated Sudan and are top of Group C with six points from two games.

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Comments
  1. i am the son says:

    Hi ATW

    For a man, to display the courage to wear a T-Shirt like that, knowing the rules, means that there are more important things in life to him than football.

    That is encouraging, unfortunately, there does not seem to be much effect in writing posts or anything like that except for information, it hasn’t benefited the Palestinian cause directly, to my knowledge.

    Maybe if we organize a tourism boycott to Israel, they may start thinking, because it means money. Like a Union Strike. People don’t like to cross picket lines, it can be peaceful. I don’t know. Is there a powerful Union Out there that may consider honoring a little peace strike?

    Your friend

    Robert

  2. […] IMEMC News wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt During his team’s Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday, Egyptian player (midfielder) Mohamed Aboutrika, lifted his Egypt shirt after scoring against Sudan to reveal a T-shirt bearing the message “Sympathize with Gaza” Kudos to the player and to such an honorable and humanitarian gesture. Aboutrika, who plays for Egyptian side Al Ahly, was protesting against Israel’s 10-day blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory and was subsequently booked by the referee. The gesture was in contravention of the laws of world football’s governing body Fifa, which insists that undershirts must contain no messages of any kind, whether they be of a political, commercial or religious nature. Egypt assistant coach Shawky Gharib insisted that Aboutrika’s actions had no political significance. “He told me that the way he celebrated scoring was completely personal with no political significance and will not repeat that in the coming matches,” said Gharib. The Pharaohs defeated Sudan and are top of Group C […] […]

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