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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ashkan Dejagah 'permanently suspended' from German national soccer team

Twenty-year old Iranian-born German soccer player Ashkan Dejagah, who refused to play in an under-21 soccer match against the Israeli national team in Tel Aviv this coming weekend, has been 'permanently suspended' from the national soccer team according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.
Ashkan Dejagah, the Iranian-born German soccer player who sparked an international controversy for his refusal to play in Israel, has been permanently suspended from the team, Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Association (DFB) announced on Thursday.

In his meeting with Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon, Zwanziger seemingly backtracked from a statement he made earlier in the week in which he supported the Dejagah's right to refuse to play, saying instead that the DBA "will not let this slide; he will be taken care of and suspended."

The decision comes one day after a spokesperson for the German government condemned Delagah's position.

"The interior minister is of the opinion that all members of German soccer teams must agree to play in any nation that Germany has a sports connection with," the spokesperson said. "It is forbidden that political circumstances would influence this."
Dejagah is now considering following in his brother's footsteps and playing for Iran, rather than Germany on the international level. Maybe he should move back to Iran while he is at it.

What this ought to show the Europeans is that if they take principled stands against Islamofacism, they will work. Somehow, I'm afraid that lesson will mostly be lost.


At 8:35 PM, Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

Well, we'll see if this suspension actually is imposed...and if it is, how long it's kept in force. Even if suspension is imposed, it wouldn't surprise me for the suspension to be quietly removed at some future point.

"He's learned his lesson, we all have to move forward and be culturally sensitive and respectful, blah, blah, blah", along with all the other usual multiculti platitudes used to rationalize appeasement of Islamofascists.


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