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Saturday, January 26, 2008

 

Egypt's Midfielder Expresses 'Sympathy With Gaza' at Africa Cup


Mohamed Aboutreika
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/7189504.stm
Update on my new HERO (I've quoted where his 'Sympathize with Gaza' tee is mentioned): From FoxSoccer: "Referee Codjia Coffi showed Aboutreika a yellow card for celebrating his goal by pulling his jersey over his head to revealing a message written on his T-shirt that read: 'Sympathize with Gaza.'"
From TeamTalk
From The Canadian Press: "The referee showed Aboutreika a yellow card for celebrating by pulling his jersey over his head, and revealing a message written on his T-shirt reading: 'Sympathize with Gaza.'"
From Sporting News
From Earth Times
From ESPN
From SLAM!Sports: "The referee showed Aboutreika a yellow card for celebrating by pulling his jersey over his head, and revealing a message written on his T-shirt reading: 'Sympathize with Gaza.'"
From USA Today: "Egypt labored against a resilient Sudan defense, and didn't take control until Aboutreika scored in the 78th. The referee showed him a yellow for celebrating by pulling his jersey over his head and revealing a message written on his T-shirt reading 'Sympathize with Gaza.'"

My daughter called me this evening to tell me that she watched one of Egypt's players in the Africa Cup lift his shirt to reveal "Sympathize with Gaza." The cool dude was yellow-carded and Egypt went on to beat Sudan 3-0. Here's more from BBC Sport's "Africa Cup of Nations" Football Coverage.

"2105: GOAL Egypt 2-0 Sudan That is surely that. They make a meal of it but eventually Mohamed Aboutraika finds the back of the net for Egypt's second. Amr Zaki did all the hard work and could have scored himself but he rolled it across to Aboutraika who side-footed home from six yards.

"The midfielder is targeting a career in politics after his football one has finished as he was booked for revealing the slogan 'Sympathy with Gaza' under his shirt."
Known as Egypt's Zinedine Zidaine, Aboutreika, according to WIKIPEDIA is pegged "the smiling assassin" by the foreign media "because of his two main trademarks, smiling and scoring."
And according to BBC Sport, "Aboutrika is the number one Pharaoh because if he is on form, so are the team he plays for - as he has repeatedly proven with both Egypt and Al Ahly down the years.
"'The Magician' has excellent ball control which, coupled with fine vision and intelligence, causes problems for any opposition. "

Comments:
True or not, I bet this story has some of those dual-citizen zios packing right this minute:

"A senior Hamas official warned yesterday that the next breakout from the Gaza Strip could be into Israel, with 500 000 Palestinians attempting to march towards the towns and villages from which they or their parents fled. . ."

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23111166-2703,00.html/
 
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