Syrian footballer Firas al-Khatib was expelled from the national team after he took part in the match between FIFA Arab Legends and FIFA World Legends, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The athlete was expelled from the National Olympic Committee and the General Sports Federation for “ violating the values and ideals of the organization and deviating from its national principles. ''
The thing is that the team of legends was coached by an Israeli coach Avram Grant. This was also the reason that the match was boycotted by Algerian footballers.
Firas al-Khatib himself was shocked by the decision of the Syrian Olympic Committee, saying that such a punishment was “ unfair. '' Al-Khatib said that, despite Grant's participation, he decided to play in the match “ because of his concern about the presence of the name of Syria at such a ceremony. ''
The footballer also expressed surprise that his jersey had and the flag of Israel. He noted that he removed the flag from his shirt, like other players.
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