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Egyptian Footballer Won’t Play In Vatican Peace Match Because Yossi Benayoun Is Taking Part

Egyptian Footballer Won’t Play In Vatican Peace Match Because Yossi Benayoun Is Taking Part
By Gary Reilly
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Footballers getting political rarely ends well but it’s understandable that sometimes your beliefs can’t be put to one side. It seems that is the case for Egypt’s Mohamed Abutrika, who has refused an invitation from the Vatican to take part in exhibition match in the name of peace.

The idea behind the match is to unify people of different religions. However, according to the Al Arabiya news agency, Abutrika has decided not to take part because of the appearance of Israeli international, Yossi Benayoun. The match is due to take place in Rome at the end of the year.

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The Egyptian posted a picture of his invitation to the match on Twitter with the caption reading:

This is a photo for the match invitation which I turned down because of the Zionist state. Pardon us, we are raising new generation.

This is not the first time Benayoun has made the headlines in relation to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Earlier in the month he invoked the ire of none other than Joey Barton on Twitter.

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