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Egyptian soccer star boycotts Pope’s ‘match for peace’ over Israeli participant

Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wears a T-shirt reading "Sympathize with Gaza” in English and Arabic as he celebrates his goal 1-0 against Sudan in Kumasi 26 January 2008 during the African Cup of Nations football championship. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political. Israel pressured Google to remove all the images of him showing his T-shirt. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wears a T-shirt reading “Sympathize with Gaza” in English and Arabic as he celebrates his goal 1-0 against Sudan in Kumasi 26 January 2008 during the African Cup of Nations football championship. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political. Israel pressured Google to remove all the images of him showing his T-shirt. | STR/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Aboutrika refused the Vatican’s invitation to the September 1 “friendly” in Rome because of the Zionist state.

(Aug. 21) – Retired Egyptian soccer star Mohammed Aboutrika has refused the Vatican’s invitation to play in an interfaith soccer match promoting peace.

The papal lovefest “Inter-Religious Match for Peace” will take place on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Aboutrika tweeted his refusal with the invitation letter he received from the Vatican. The tweet said, “This is a photo for the match invitation which I turned down because of the Zionist state. Pardon us, we are raising new generation.” Continue reading

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An Egyptian soccer star shames US sports millionaires

Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wore a tee shirt reading “Sympathize with Gaza” in Arabic and English. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political.

By DAVE ZIRIN*

IN A WORLD where mainstream media dumb down news reportage with inane sports metaphors, sometimes it takes sports to remind us of the gravity of the actual news. While the press acts like extras on Gossip Girl as they assess the latest machinations of Bill, Barack and Hillary, a soccer player has alerted the world to a humanitarian catastrophe. Continue reading

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