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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Footballer Furor

Iranian-Born German Soccer Star Boycotts Israel Game
The tensions in the Middle East seem to have influenced the decision of Iranian-born German international soccer player Ashkan Dejagah's decision not to travel with the national Under-21 squad for a match in Israel.

Dejagah, who plays for Bundesliga club VfB Wolfsburg, asked his national team managers to withdraw him from Germany's European Championship qualifier against Israel, to be played in Tel Aviv on Friday, citing "personal reasons."

"He came to us citing personal reasons that seemed very plausible," DFB spokesman Jens Grittner said in a statement.

Dejagah was quoted by mass-circulation tabloid daily Bild as saying his motive was cultural.

"I have more Iranian than German blood in my veins," he said in a report published Tuesday. "That should be respected, and besides I'm doing this out of respect. My parents are Iranian."

Dejagah was born in Tehran, but later moved with his parents to Germany. He holds a German passport.
And creeping dhimmitude takes another step in Eurabia... Imagine the uproar if an Israeli refused to play against Germany or Iran. If Dejagah is being paid to play he should be fired. If this is a national team, like for the Olympics, he should be banned from all games the German National team plays. Or better yet, he should move back to Iran, a place where he obviously would feel more comfortable.

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