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Nice Suspends Atal Over Controversial Post

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Ligue 1 side Nice, has suspended Algerian international Youcef Atal on Wednesday till further notice  after he shared a controversial post on social media linked to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Though he deleted the post and apologized, the club said in a press release that, given the seriousness”of the post, it was taking immediate disciplinary action prior to any action that may be taken by the sporting and legal authorities.

French prosecutors on Monday launched a preliminary investigation into Atal on suspicion of glorifying terrorism.

He has been widely criticized since for sharing a video from a Palestinian preacher on Instagram, purportedly calling for violence against Jewish people.

Football officials, politicians, a Jewish group and the mayor of Nice have all condemned the action.

Written by: Helen Obih

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