Former La Liga Goalkeeper Insults Karim Benzema Over Forward’s Support for Palestine

Former La Liga Goalkeeper Insults Karim Benzema Over Forward’s Support for Palestine

Ero Samson
updated at October 16, 2023 at 1:33 PM
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  • A long list of football players have recently shown their support for the people of Gaza
  • Ex-Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema also stated solidarity with the Palestine nation
  • A former La Liga goalkeeper has hit out at the striker with an insulting social media post

A substantial number of football players have recently expressed their solidarity amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Among these stars are notable figures like Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko, Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois, and Al-Ittihad's Karim Benzema.

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Karim Benzema recently showed his support for Palestine: Francisco Nel.
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Benzema, who left Real Madrid earlier in the summer to join the Saudi Arabian club, used his social media platform recently to voice support for those affected by the conflict in the Gaza Strip, following air strikes by the Israeli military. He posted a message saying:

"All our prayers for the inhabitants of Gaza who are once again victims of these unjust bombings which spare no women or children."

However, this post by the reigning Ballon d'Or winner triggered a fierce response from one of his former on-field rivals.

Dudu Aouate hits out at Benzema

Dudu Aouate, an Israeli goalkeeper who spent 11 years in Spain with Racing Santander, Deportivo La Coruna, and Real Mallorca from 2003 to 2014, replied to the forward's post with an expletive-laden message.

Responding to Benzeme, he wrote, 'You are a big son of a [expletive]' in multiple languages, along with the American and Israeli flags. The post was subsequently flagged by the social media platform for violating rules against abuse.

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In recent days, several players - including Mouctar Diakhaby - have also shown their support for Gaza. Former Real Madrid player Jose Rodriguez, who joined Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv this summer, managed to escape the country after becoming a refugee for several days, as reported by Marca.

The conflict remains a contentious and complex issue globally, with attacks by Hamas in Palestine over the past week resulting in the killing and abduction of hundreds of Israelis.

In response, the Israeli government has carried out further blockades, sanctions, and airstrikes of the Gaza Strip, affecting the Palestinian people and displacing hundreds of thousands.

Benzema dazzles in Saudi attire

Sports Brief previously reported on Benzema and Neymar wearing traditional Saudi attire to celebrate the country's 93rd National Day.

Al-Hilal players donned the thobe (robe), shemagh (headscarf), and aqal (headband) to perform a traditional dance known as Ardha.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).