Arsenal sponsor seeks talks with club over Mohamed Elneny’s Palestine post

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny showed his support for Palestine this week
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny showed his support for Palestine this week (Getty/Instagram)

One of Arsenal’s sponsors, the Lavazza Group, are planning to contact the club over Mohamed Elneny’s pro-Palestine post.

Earlier this week, the Arsenal midfielder showed his support for Palestinians who have been killed and forced to flee their homes in Gaza due to the conflict with Israel with a series of pictures on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alongside a picture of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Elneny wrote: ‘My heart my soul, my support for you Palestine.’

‘Palestine Lives Matter’ was also written at the bottom of one of Elneny’s images.

But the Lavazza Group, who have been Arsenal’s official coffee partner since 2018, say that Elneny’s post is ‘totally not aligned’ with its values.

When contacted by Tal Ofer, a member of The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Lavazza Group said: ‘We’ll immediately reach out to Arsenal to remark we are concerned about the club associated with such a message.

‘The content of this post is totally not aligned with our company values. Lavazza Group is fully committed against racism and antisemitism.’

Meanwhile, Arsenal have confirmed that they will speak with Elneny ‘so he understands the wider implications of his post’.

An Arsenal spokesman told The JC: ‘As with any employees of Arsenal, our players are entitled to express their views on their own platforms.

‘That said, we are speaking to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications of his post.

‘As a club we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life.’

Elneny is not the only Premier League player to have shown support for Palestine this week.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene.

Salah wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m calling on all the world leaders including on the Prime Minister of the country that has been my home for the past 4 years to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately. Enough is enough.’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba posted on Instagram: ‘The world needs peace and love. It will soon be said. Let us all love one another. #PRAYFORPALESTINE’

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