Terrorist attacks are in most ways separated from football; an example is the rampage caused by the Boko Haram islamist sect in the Norther region of Nigeria, one thing, they have stayed away from football or sports centres.
It is unpopular to see Sportsmen involved in state matters but the attacks on a French publication on 7 which cost 7 lives at the Charile Hebdo publishing company, got to the nerves of Muslim footballers based in France; especially due to the negative name it gives Islam as a religion.
First to condemn the attack was Moroccan international Youssof Hadji, younger brother to one Mustapha Hadji, a day after the incident.
He said: “As a Muslim, I am completely destroyed.
“These killers have nothing to do with Islam, which prohibits the taking of life. The Quran reads opposite to what happened yesterday.
“Today, when you are a Muslim, you almost have to justify yourself. That’s why it’s important that known figures speak out. It may reassure and inform some people,” 34 year-old Nancy forward, Youssof commented.
French clubs also had their players and spectators either tape themselves with the ‘Je Suis’ signs or join the parade.
24 year-old Morocco and Montpellier defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari did not join in the course claming he did not want to “mix politics and sport.”
Credit to French football analyst, Robin Bairner for contributing.