Ligue 1: “I didn’t do anything serious”: Youcef Atal breaks his silence, just days after his trial for allegedly inciting hatred

OGC Nice defender Youcef Atal spoke about the facts expressed to him, four days after his trial for inciting hatred.

Youcef Atal, who was questioned at the exit of the Algerian airport where he landed for CAN 2024 preparations, explained the facts of which he was accused very clearly. The OGC Nice defender, who was on trial for inciting hatred on Monday, December 18, wanted to declare his innocence.

On October 12, five days after Hamas’ attacks on Israel, he shared a video in which a preacher named Mahmoud El Hasanat called on God to send “a dark day upon the Jews.” The player was immediately suspended by his team.

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Show solidarity with Palestinians

Youcef Atal’s line of defense is clear and he explains in front of the Algerian media: “I just wanted to be in solidarity with the Palestinian people.” The Algerian international denied watching the entire video during his trial: “I shared the video because I thought it was a message of peace and that people were in the process of suffering during this war. Unfortunately, I regret not watching it until now.” End. I shared it because I thought it was truly a message of peace. I want people to suffer. I have no intention of being against anyone. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the video.”

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The prosecution requested that Youcef Atal be given a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 45 thousand euros. The decision was reserved. The decision will be made on January 3.

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