Soccer superstar Paul Pogba and his Manchester United team-mate Amad Diallo have hoisted a Palestinian flag following the English soccer team’s last home game of the season.
The duo’s public display of support for Palestine on Tuesday came as Israel continued its relentless bombing of the Gaza Strip, killing at least 222 Palestinians, including 63 children, and injuring more than 1,400 people since it began on May 10. . Twelve people in Israel died, including two children, due to a rocket from Gaza, while at least 300 Israelis were wounded.
Pogba apparently gave the flag through a fan as the players struck on the field during the traditional round of honors after the 1-1 draw of United with Fulham at Old Trafford.
The French World Cup winner and the Ivorian wing Diallo showed the flag with about 10,000 fans watching after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.
“Pray for Palestine”, Pogba wrote on Instagram after the match in a post accompanied by a photo showing him carrying the Palestinian flag. “Let’s keep our world safe and free from violence.”
Thousands of protesters marched on Saturday in support of Palestinians in major European cities, including London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris, as the worst violence in years between Israel and fighters raged in Gaza.
Leza players Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana showed support for Palestinians after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final
English midfielder Choudhury and French defender Fofana have seen them holding a Palestinian flag on the field at Wembley.
Other well-known footballers who have been posting solidarity messages on social media for Palestinians over the past few days include Mesut Ozil, Fenerbahce, Achraf Hakimi of Inter, Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City, Shkodran Mustafi of Schalke, Franck Ribery of Fiorentina and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal.