Hamza Choudhury waits to hear on possible disciplinary action from the FA after the Leicester midfielder appeared to post a pro-Palestine social media message
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The Football Association are set to decide on Tuesday whether to take disciplinary action against Hamza Choudhury after the Leicester midfielder appeared to post a pro-Palestinian social media message.
As the violent Israeli/Palestinian conflict continues in Middle East, the former England Under-21 international – who is of Bangladeshi-Grenadian descent – wrote on online platform X, formally known as Twitter: ‘From river to sea…’ – a passage from a song synonymous with Palestinian nationalism. The post was accompanied with an emoji of the Palestine flag.
The FA have been made aware of Choudhury’s post and were last night contemplating whether it contravened their regulations.
Leicester are also aware of the post and are working with the player in connection with the issue.
How the FA deal with Choudhury’s message will be met with particular interest from certain FA insiders who were left dissatisfied with how the organisation publicly dealt with the emergence of an anti-Israeli post from the chair of their Inclusion Advisory Board Deji Davies.
The Football Association are set to decide on Tuesday whether to take disciplinary action against Hamza Choudhury
Choudhury – who is of Bangladeshi-Grenadian descent – appeared to post a pro-Palestinian social media message
Davies, who was consulted on the FA’s decision not to light up Wembley’s arch in Israeli colours following the initial October 7 attack for the England’s recent clash against Australia, called for the boycott of the European Under-21 Championships 2013 in Israel, with the hashtag #FreePalestine.
Davies has since apologised for the post, but the lack of any public statement from the FA has led to disappointment from figures at the FA.
Last week former Aston Villa and Everton attacker Anwar El Ghazi was suspended by German club Mainz following a pro-Palestinian social media post.
El Ghazi, however had his suspension lifted yesterday.
Yesterday, Downing Street expressed tuber own concerns over the chant ‘from the river to the sea’ following recent pro-Palestinian protests in London.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: ‘We understand clearly this is a deeply offensive chant to many. And again, I think people need to be responsible with their use of language.
‘Obviously it’s up to the police to make an operational decision about the use of that language if they see fit to do so, but I can understand how the use of that language and others will be of significant concern to many.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has previously branded the slogan antisemitic.
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