The Algerian international, Youcef Atal, was apprehended by the Nice judicial police and placed in police custody as part of a “heavy” charge connected to his publication in support of the Palestinian cause.
This news comes in the tense context around the player, already suspended from all matches until December 20 for previous accusations of advocating terrorism.
“I am delighted to see that OGC Nice has suspended Youcef Atal. He will be tried for advocating terrorism. He is presumed innocent, but a preliminary inquiry is opened following the report of the prefect and the mayor of Nice, that is what it is. », said the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi
“I am pleased that the FFF national ethics council, as is its role, has taken ownership of the facts. “, stated Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, French Minister of Sports, after the opening of the preliminary investigation.
This affair aroused reactions and support, notably from the captain of the Algerian team, Riyad Mahrez.