Youcef Atal, an Algerian soccer player for the French Ligue 1 team Nice, issued an apology on Sunday after it was claimed that he had reposted and subsequently removed a video calling for “a black day for Jews.”
Atal reported “appeals for violence,” according to Philippe Diallo, president of the French Football Federation. Diallo added in a statement that he “condemns them with the greatest severity.” Hate speech won’t be permitted, Diallo declared.
He noted that the case has been turned over to the federation’s ethics commission. The defender expressed regret in a message on Instagram, acknowledging that his post “shocked several people, which was not my intention.”
In addition, Atal declared that he abhors any types of violence, “no matter where in the world.” According to the French sports newspaper l’Equipe, Atal withdrew the video he had published on Saturday because it contained a Palestinian preacher’s demand for “a black day for Jews” and encouragement to assist Gazans “if they throw the stone.”