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PSV Striker Eran Zahavi Replaces Palestine Flag With Israel One In Controversial Instagram Post

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PSV Striker Eran Zahavi Replaces Palestine Flag With Israel One In Controversial Instagram Post

PSV Eindhoven striker Eran Zahavi swapped a Palestine flag with an Israel one in a doctored image of Leicester's FA Cup celebrations - before deleting his Instagram post.

In the aftermath of Leicester's 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley, Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana held up a Palestine flag as they did their lap of honour.

But Israeli international Zahavi shared the image of the pair on his IG stories with the Israel flag placed over the Palestine one, alongside the message "Thanks for your support".

Credit: Instagram @eranzahavi
Credit: Instagram @eranzahavi
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Choudhury and Fofana were showing their solidarity with Palestinians amid the latest conflict between Palestine and Israel, which has seen violence between the countries over the past few weeks.

Zahavi deleted the post from his Instagram account, but not before it had been spotted by several people on social media.

Footballers have come under scrutiny for showing support for one nation during the conflict. Arsenal's Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny tweeted, "My heart and my soul and my support for you Palestine" on Monday, which reportedly led to the club having urgent talks with sponsor Lavazza Group.

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The 33-year-old Zahavi, who has 25 goals in his 66 caps for Israel, came through the Hapoel Tel Aviv academy. He's since played in Serie A and in the Chinse Super League, before signing for PSV at the start of last season.

Zahavi has had an incredibly traumatic week, as his family were robbed at gunpoint in their Amsterdam home last Sunday. The player was training with PSV at the time, when two armed men broke into his home and threatened his wife and their three children.

While possessions were stolen, thankfully Zahavi's family did not come to any physical harm.

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The player shared his thanks for the support of the Dutch club in the aftermath of the event with his 332,000 followers on Instagram last week.

"Thanks everyone for the support during this week," Zahavi posted, "and big thanks for my wife. Thanks PSV for every small detail during this difficult moment #lovealwayswins".

Imagery: PA Images

Topics: Leicester City, Football

Alex Reid
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