Algeria international Youcef Atal has been handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a €45,000 fine by a court in Nice for a social media re
Algeria international Youcef Atal has been handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence and a €45,000 fine by a court in Nice for a social media repost about the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The court said he incited hatred through social media on the grounds of religion.
The Algerian right back, Atal, who has been at OGC Nice for the last 5 years, was suspended by the Ligue 1 club in October after the media post, which he deleted.
Hamas fighters killed 1,200 Israelis on October 7 in the deadliest Palestinian militant attack in Israel’s history, spurring an Israeli retaliatory ground and air offensive which is now approaching its third month.
The Palestinian casualty had reached 22,313 by Wednesday, the Gaza health ministry said.
The day after the Hamas October 7 attack, Atal republished a 35-second video by a Palestinian preacher who called on God to send “a black day over the Jews,” per French newspaper Nice-Matin.
He has apologised for the deleted post.
27-year-old Atal said on Instagram at the time. “I am aware that my post surprised many people, which wasn’t my intention, and I apologise,”
Youcef Atal has been selected by Algeria for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast, which begins on January 13 and ends on February 11.