Egypt's Abu Treika rejects 'peace match' invitation
the football player said he does not want to cooperate with Zionists and he is trying to set an example for the next generation
Egyptian football star Abu Treika declined Monday an invitation to a “peace match” organized by the Vatican due to the participation of Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
"This is a photo for the match invitation which I turned down because of the Zionist state,” Aboutreika wrote on his Twitter account.
“Pardon us, we are raising new generations,” he added.
صورة من الدعوة للمباراة ورفضى لها بسبب الكيان الصهيوني عفوا نحن نربى اجيال . pic.twitter.com/EWlAtfM6HE— محمدمحمدابوتريكة (@aboutrikamoham1) August 17, 2014
The Egyptian player was invited along with his compatriot Wael Gomaa, who did not make a decision on whether to participate or not yet.
International players including Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi are expected to take part in the friendly.
The friendly game is due to take place in Rome’s Olympico stadium on Dec. 1st and aims to unite people of different religions
It is not the first time the football player shows his support to Gaza.
In 2008, Abu Treika showed an undershirt with the inscription “Sympathise with Gaza” after scoring against Sudan.