Football: why was the Parisian Achraf Hakimi whistled during the Champions Trophy?

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During the Champions Trophy on Sunday July 31 (4-0 victory against Nantes), the Moroccan international player of PSG was booed on each of his shots by the public in Tel Aviv (Israel). The reason ? The support he shows for the Palestinian cause on social networks.

PSG had every reason to be happy after their big victory against Nantes (4-0) on the occasion of the Champions Trophy, Sunday evening at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv (Israel). A beautiful game, many goals and diligent players, like its stars Neymar Jr and Messi, particularly in verve.

But an extra-sporting event spoiled the party. The Parisian right side Achraf Hakimi was whistled copiously throughout the game by the rejected public. From kick-off until his exit in the 78th minute of play, each touch of the ball from the Moroccan set off the bronca of the stadium.

Pro-Palestinian positions on social networks

Why ? Obviously not for sporting reasons, Hakimi having released a very good performance on the ground. No, the reason is political. The 23-year-old has shown his support for Palestine several times on social media.

Statements that did not please the public at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, while Israel is still in conflict with the Palestinian populations present in the country.

Hakimi already whistled last year

This is not the first time this incident has taken place. Last year, the final of the 2021 Champions Trophy (01/08, PSG 1-0 defeat against Lille) was already relocated to this same stadium. And Hakimi, then freshly recruited by PSG, had received the same treatment.

Has this situation weighed on the player’s shoulders? The Moroccan has in any case ceased to make public his positions on the subject for a year. According to the newspaper The Parisianthe lateral right was even flanked on Saturday by a bodyguard for all his trips to Tel Aviv.

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