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Atal, the like, the controversy and the apologies

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

In the particularly tense context of Nice, the slightest “like” on social networks can take on the appearance of a scandal. Youcef Atal learned it the hard way Saturday, two days after the deadly attack on Notre-Dame Basilica, in which three people were stabbed to death. In the evening, the right side of the Gym had to respond to his detractors, many to blame him for having approved an Instagram post by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In it, posted Friday in Russian and Arabic, the MMA champion attacked France’s position vis-à-vis the cartoons of Mohammed, and denounced “offenses” against Muslims. Used to polemical outings on social networks, the Russian fighter of Dagestan origin Khabib Nurmagomedov had also violently attacked Emmanuel Macron, represented with an imprint “and all his disciples. “May the Almighty disfigure this filth and all his followers who in the name of freedom of expression insult the faith of more than a billion and a half Muslims,” ​​he concluded.

“I liked a post from Khabib, because I am a fan of the sportsman. I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I am deeply touched by the last terrorist attack in Nice. I am a Muslim and I am against terrorism, ”defended the African champion on his Instagram account this Saturday evening. The timing was particularly badly chosen, after Nice was struck for the third time in five years by Islamist barbarism.

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Да обезобразит Всевышний лицо этой твари и всех его последователей, которые под лозунгом свободы слова оскорбляют чувства более полутора миллиарда верующих мусульман. Да унизит их Всевышний в этой жизни, и в следующей. Аллах скор в расчёте и вы это увидите. Мы – мусульмане, любим нашего Пророка Мухаммада (да благословит его Аллах и приветствует) больше, чем наших матерей, отцов, детей, жён и всех остальных близких нашему сердцу людей. Поверьте мне, эти провокации им выйдут боком, конец всегда за Богобоязненными. – قبح الله وجه هذا الأبتر وجميع تبعهم الذين يؤذون الشعور أكثر من نصف مليار مسلم تحت قناع الحرية أذلهم الله في الدنيا والآخرة إن الله سريع الحساب نحن مسلمون نحب رسولنا ونبينا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم أكثر من أمهاتنا وآبائنا وأبنائنا وأزواجنا ومن جميع خلق الله سبحانه وتعالى صدقوني هذه الاستفزازات سوف تخرج من أعناقهم والعاقبة للمتقين – Holy Quran 33:57 —————— إن الذين يؤذون الله ورسوله لعنهم الله في الدنيا والآخرة وأعد لهم عذابا مُّهِينًا Воистину, тех, которые поносят Аллаха и Его Посланника, Аллах проклял в этом мире уилиные поносят

A publication shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) Oct 30, 2020 at 3:29 am PDT

Fault confessed is half redressed ? Not for everyone obviously. Candidate for mayor of Nice and vice-president of the RN group at the regional council, Philippe Vardon calls for the dismissal of Youcef Atal. “He can no longer wear the colors of OGC Nice,” writes the frontist. If Youcef Atal is unfortunately not the only footballer to have distinguished himself by supporting this message (we even find several past or current players of the France team such as Benzema, Kimpembe, Bakayoko, Faty or Sakho) , his status as a flagship player of OGC Nice makes this “like” even more shocking. [Je demande] OGC Nice to react and break the player’s contract for serious misconduct. “The Riviera club, which plays Sunday (3pm) in Angers, has not communicated yet.