Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20.13 17 May 2021


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Neither Leicester City, nor their players Wesley Fofana and Hamza Choudhury, will face any punishment over their FA Cup celebrations. 

The two players marked their FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday evening by displaying the flag of Palestine.

They became the latest sports stars to draw attention to the relentless attacks by the Israeli military. The Palestinian death toll in Gaza is around 200, with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying an end to their attacks is not imminent.

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Liverpool pair Mo Salah and Sadio Mané condemned the Israeli military action on social media over the weekend. While Turkish side Fenerbahce wore 'Free Palestine' t-shirts as they warmed up for a game with Sivasspor.

But the sight of the Paletinian flag being held by two proudly Muslim players at Wembley has become a lightning rod for right-wing critics.

The Telegraph's Oliver Brown claimed the flag was a political symbol in a piece condemning their opposition to the mass killings in Gaza.

But The Athletic say that neither Fofana, Choudhury nor Leicester can expect punishment from the Football Association.

They say, "It is understood the FA does not punish players for displaying the flag of a nation after a game."

That will also apply to any fans willing to do the same when they return to stadiums over the course of the next week.

In 2014, UEFA fined SSE Airtricity Premier Division side Dundalk €18,000 when fans flew a Palestinian flag during their Champions League qualifier with Hajduk Split at Oriel Park. Similarly, Celtic were hit with a €10,000 fine two years later with European football's governing body deeming the nation's flag an ''illicit banner'.

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