Algeria football – Between half-time of the Ajaccio and Strasbourg match, Algeria international Youcef Belaili managed the event by speaking Arabic at the microphone on Amazon Prime Video, the exclusive broadcaster of French championship matches this season. This has made the left wing of the Algerian team the subject of harsh criticism.
Saving his team after conceding two goals in the first half, French journalists went to Belaili to interview him. Fennec DZ, known for his language shifts, mixed Arabic and French in his statement. “Hamdoulillah, it was a difficult game against Strasbourg, we played well, we scored two goals. Rja’ana fel moubarat [nous sommes revenus dans le match]insha’Allah victory”, said El Bahia’s child, Oran.
Internet users are divided in two opinions. Some criticized the Algeria international and others were proud of him, pointing out that he is not obliged to speak a language other than his mother tongue. This second opinion was strongly supported by beIN Sports journalist Mohamled Nedjari, who came to the defense of the Algerian star. “Belaili has the right to express himself in the language he speaks fluently and it would have been better to have an interpreter, as is the case with some players.”published the Algerian journalist on Twitter.
من حق بلايلي الحديث بالدلو التي يتقنوسور pic.twitter.com/9TPhaH4Gnb
— MOHAMMED NEDJARI (@nedjarimd1) 5 November 2022
As a reminder, the Algerian had a great game after managing to turn the tide against Strasbourg by scoring twice in the 33rd and 40th minutes from two penalties and he missed out on a hat-trick by missing a third penalty. The former Esperance Sportif de Tunis player also provided a fine assist for his teammate, French-Algerian Riad Nouri (37), who put the ball in the net with an unstoppable header in the 45th minute.
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