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12:00 AM, May 17, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:08 AM, May 17, 2021

Solidarity with Palestinians

Leicester City duo Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana held up a Palestinian flag after their side clinched the FA Cup on Saturday. The move was a show of solidarity with Palestinians who are caught in the middle of the ongoing conflict with Israel. During the post-match celebrations as players did their lap of honour, 23-year old Hamza, who was born on the October 1, 1997, to a Grenadian father and a Bengali mother Rafia, raised the Palestine flag along with his teammate Fofana. Hamza, who often say that few of his childhood memories are of Bangladesh as he visited his mother's family in Sylhet during school holidays, draped the flag over his shoulders as he went to pick up his winner medal, before teammates Kasper Schmeichel and Fofana lifted the trophy in front of fans at Wembley. A number of sports stars have posted messages of support with Palestine with Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder tweeting on Monday: "My heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine," followed by a picture of the Palestine flag and a peace emoji. The Palestinian envoy in the UK has expressed gratitude to Hamza and Fofana for showing support for Palestinian. In a letter posted on twitter, Ambassador Husam Zomlot said carrying his country's flag "on the stage of one of football's august cup competitions is a show of support that is reverberating all over Palestine." 


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