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News number: 8710200945

17:50 | 2009-01-09

Sports

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Kanoute Shows Support for Palestine

TEHRAN (FNA)- Sevilla striker Freddy Kanoute sent a message of support to Palestinian people after scoring against Deportivo La Coruna.



The French born Malian footballer lifted his top after his goal to reveal a t-shirt with the word "Palestine" written across it in different languages including Arabic, press tv reported.

Sevilla managed to snatch a 2-1 victory against Deportivo La Coruna.

The 32-year-old Kanoute was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year on February 2, 2008.

The Israeli regime waged war on the Gaza Strip on December 27 and began what it claims to be a "long-term" ground offensive on the Palestinian territory last Saturday.

The Israeli aggression has so far killed at least 781 Palestinians and injured over 3,200 others -- a large number of casualties are civilians.

Meanwhile, Counselor for the Palestinian embassy in Madrid expressed his gratitude to Kanoute for his brave action.

"It is a very important step," Aluanen told Radio Marca. "The Sevilla striker has shown himself to be very brave by supporting our region in a public act like he did."

"Sportsmen are human beings, and they cannot hide their feelings. They have all the right in the world to express their opinions in areas that question human rights. I am sure that all Palestinian children, who love Spanish football, will be moved by this gesture," he explained.

Earlier, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and world tennis giant top-seeded Rafael Nadal both condemned Israeli atrocities against civilian Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.