Hossam Eddin Gamal
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Walid Regragui, coach of the Moroccan national team, defended Zakaria Abu Khalil, the player of the “Atlas Lions” and the French team Toulouse, after he was accused of verbally clashing with a government official in France.
The French club had decided to exclude Abu Khallal from the first team’s training, due to his involvement in a verbal altercation with Lawrence Aribaghi, deputy mayor of Toulouse, during the team’s celebrations of the French Cup title, according to the “RMC” network.
The Moroccan player also faced strong criticism for refusing to participate with Toulouse against Nantes in the 35th round of the French League, in order not to wear a shirt bearing signs of support for gays.
Rekraki said in statements reported by the Moroccan website “Hesport” that Abu Khallal is a respected and decent player, and he is far from such kind of problems, and he has “real values and a good upbringing.”
He continued, “Abu Khallal has been working for a long time to save children in Morocco, and finances an orphanage in Casablanca with his own money. He also established a football field in cooperation with a charitable organization.”
The Moroccan national team coach added, “Zakaria has this social tendency and the desire to help lift children out of poverty. That is why this news shocked me, because he is far from such problems.”
Al-Rakraki explained that he had communicated with Abu Khalil, and that the latter denied him that he had entered into an altercation with the French official, and that his behavior did not allow him to do so.
The Moroccan national team coach stated that the “Atlas Lions” delegation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar included a woman, and Abu Khalil had great respect for her.
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