During a match organized in Tel Aviv between Paris and Lille on August 1, Parisian defender Achraf Hakimi was attacked by spectators who allegedly reproached him for his support for Palestine in May 2021.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has once again entered sport. During the Champions Trophy match on August 1 between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille in Tel Aviv, Israel, Madrid-born Parisian defender Achraf Hakimi was booed with every ball catch throughout the game by the few. 29,000 spectators at Bloomfield Stadium. Videos on the networks show in particular some of the people in the gallery shouting in chorus “fuck you Hakimi” (“will you do f ***** Hakimi”).
This specific treatment on the part of the public is due to a position taken in favor of Palestine on May 10 by the Moroccan international. In the midst of rising tensions following the expulsion of Palestinian families from a neighborhood in East Jerusalem (illegally occupied by the Hebrew state), the footballer, who was then under contract with Inter Milan, relayed on Twitter hashtag #FreePalestine.
An Amazon Prime reporter, broadcaster of the match, explained at halftime that spectators had confirmed to him that this was indeed the reason for the whistles.
After the meeting, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino stressed that his player had “remained focused” despite the whistles. “Yes we talked about that, about the fact that he had to stay focused on the game and that’s what he did. He remained focused, his performance was good, ”explained the Argentine technician at a press conference, without addressing the reasons for this treatment by the Israeli public.
Despite the context and despite the defeat of his team 1-0 against Lille, the Moroccan defender was the best Parisian, achieving many breakthroughs and overflows on the right flank, where he was described as “very restless” by the specialized daily The team.