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Arsenal are reportedly in 'urgent talks' with sponsor Lavazza Group after midfielder Mohamed Elneny posted his support for Palestine on social media.
Elneny is an Egyptian international and took to Twitter on Monday to post: "My heart my soul, my support for you Palestine," alongside a number of images, one of which read 'Palestine Lives Matter'.
An ongoing conflict between the people of Palestine and Israel means tensions are incredibly high.
The Jewish Chronicle per The Mirror have claimed Board of Deputies of British Jews member Tal Ofer contacted Lavazza group who said: "We'll immediately reach out to Arsenal to remark we are concerned about the club associated with such a message.
my heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine :flag_ps: :v: pic.twitter.com/ywrpPk5Xmf
- Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) May 10, 2021
"Content of this post is totally not aligned with our company values. Lavazza Group is fully committed against racism and antisemitism."
Ofer also wanted the FA to suspend the midfielder for his actions and contacted Adidas, Arsenal's shirt manufacturer.
The Gunners have since released a statement of their own which reads: "As with any employees of Arsenal, our players are entitled to express their views on their own platforms.
"That said, we are speaking to Mo about this so he understands the wider implications of his post.
"As a club we are committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of discrimination and continue to champion the need for equality and diversity across all areas of life."
Elneny has played 22 times in the Premier League this season and scored his first goal of the campaign against Newcastle earlier this month.
On the pitch, it's been a tough season for Mikel Arteta's side and they could miss out on European football for the first time in over 30 years.
He told Sky Sports: "I need you to support me - not to put me down. Supporter means you have to support.
"Not waiting for me to do one bad pass and then after speak about me, or one bad game.
"You have to support in the bad moments, not the good moments. In the good moments everybody is a supporter.
"I need you when I have a bad game. When I have a bad game I need you next to me saying 'no you are good, keep going, we are next to you'.
"This will make me happy and you will make the world happy. You will make me improve more because I can see the support next to me."
Arsenal return to action on Wednesday evening when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
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