Mainz lifts El Ghazi’s suspension for social media post about Israel-Gaza war

AP , Tuesday 31 Oct 2023

German soccer club Mainz said Monday it is lifting a suspension it imposed on Dutch forward Anwar El Ghazi over a social media post about the Israel-Gaza war.

Anwar El Ghazi
FILE - Then-PSV s and currently Bundesliga s Mainz player Anwar El Ghazi, left, scores his side s fifth goal during the Europa League group A soccer match between PSV and Zurich at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP)

Mainz said El Ghazi has been given a reprimand and will return to training and be available to play soon. The Bundesliga club suspended him Oct. 18 over what it called an “unacceptable” post on Instagram and he was not in the squad for two league games.

Mainz said Monday that El Ghazi had “distanced” himself from the post in conversations with the club’s management.

The 28-year-old El Ghazi, who previously played for PSV Eindhoven, Aston Villa and Everton, joined Mainz last month. He has made three appearances as a substitute for the team.

Mainz is last in the Bundesliga and its next game is at Hertha Berlin in the German Cup on Wednesday.

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