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Anwar El Ghazi’s contract with Mainz will be terminated due to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The Bundesliga team suspended El Ghazi on October 17, calling the now-deleted message “unacceptable.”

The club wanted the 28-year-old to apologize for the apparent pro-Palestinian post during a meeting on Thursday.

However, the Dutchman assured senior executives that he stands for peace and humanity for all conflict victims.

According to sources, El Ghazi was informed on Friday that his contract will be terminated.

In an Instagram story, he said, “I condemn the killing of all innocent civilians in Palestine and Israel.”

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the innocent victims of this conflict, regardless of nationality.” I am dedicated to a peaceful and integrated Middle East.

“To the extent my previous statements on social media have been misunderstood, I would like to make clear that I stand for peace and humanity for all.”

El Ghazi joined the club on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven on September 22.

Under German labor law, an employer has 14 days from the date they become aware of the egregious misconduct to terminate a contract; however, if this time is missed, the employer must pay the contract in full.

When approached by BBC Sport, Mainz declined to comment.

The stadium in Mainz is named after founding member Eugen Salomon, a Jewish man who was denied club membership by the Nazis in 1933. Salomon was killed during the Holocaust in 1942.

During World War II, Nazi Germany carried out the Holocaust, which killed an estimated six million Jews.

Nice defender Youcef Atal has been suspended and is being investigated by French authorities for allegedly sharing an anti-Semitic film about the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

On Friday, Mainz will play Bochum in the Bundesliga (kick-off 19:30 BST).


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