The situation surrounding Anwar El Ghazi in Bundesliga Mainz has not calmed down, rather the opposite. The Moroccan-born Dutch forward denied on social media that he had expressed regret over his previous comments on the conflict between Israel and the Hamas movement, as claimed by the club’s management. He accused his employer of lying, the SID agency wrote.
The management of Mainz stated that they were surprised by his next post and did not understand him. The player’s actions will be reviewed by lawyers and then evaluated.
On Monday, the FSV announced that El Ghazi had expressed remorse for sharing an anti-Israel post. He received a reprimand from the club and was able to return to joint training after being excluded from the team for almost two weeks. However, this did not happen, according to the club, the player is on sick leave.
In a new statement on Instagram today, El Ghazi stated that he does not regret his position and has no remorse. He does not distance himself from what he stated earlier. “I will stand up for humanity and the oppressed until my last breath,” stated the two-time Dutch international, saying that he is against war and violence, against the killing of all innocent civilians, against every form of discrimination, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, genocide, apartheid, occupation and oppression. “That’s why I couldn’t in good conscience remain silent,” wrote calling for an end to the killing in Gaza.
The 28-year-old El Ghazi came to Mainz in September. He previously worked at PSV Eindhoven, Aston Villa and Everton. In the German club, he started three matches as a substitute player.