EXCLUSIVE: FA issues guidance to clubs warning players and staff to take 'extreme caution' when commenting on the Middle East conflict... after a ban on the pro-Palestinian phrase 'from the river to the sea'

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  • The FA's guidance has called for everyone progressive successful shot to show restraint
  • Comments deemed to beryllium inflammatory could lead to sanctions from nan FA
  • Leicester's Hamza Choudhury escaped an FA complaint complete a societal media post 

By Sami Mokbel for nan Daily Mail

Published: 13:59 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 14:09 EDT, 1 November 2023

The Football Association has ordered clubs to counsel their players and unit to workout ‘extreme caution’ erstwhile publically commenting connected nan Middle East conflict.

Earlier connected Wednesday, English football’s governing assemblage revealed its volition to constitute to clubs to pass them nan usage of nan circumstantial building ‘from nan stream to nan sea’ - that has beardown pro-Palestine connotations - is now banned.

The FA has now sent nan guidance to clubs and Mail Sport tin uncover nan document’s contents.


The letter, sent to nine secretaries, reads: ‘We recognise opinions are divided and we impulse be aware for those who return to societal media wherever messages tin beryllium misinterpreted and origin offence.

‘We are alert location is heightened sensitivity and we want to telephone connected everyone progressive successful shot to workout restraint erstwhile expressing views that could beryllium seen arsenic causing offence to immoderate community.

The FA has urged 'extreme caution' complete nationalist comments connected nan ongoing Middle East conflict

‘At this difficult time, everyone successful shot should show respect for each different and understand nan effect connection and symbols tin person connected others.

‘In particular, and arsenic highlighted by nan Prime Minister, nan building “From nan River to nan Sea” is causing heavy offence to galore people.

‘We would impulse each wrong shot to workout utmost be aware successful their usage of societal media and nationalist comments and we will proceed to support this building and immoderate different nether review.

‘In nan arena this circumstantial building is utilized going guardant by immoderate Participant we will beryllium seeking guidance from applicable authorities, including police, arsenic to its use.

‘We inquire each clubs to speak to their players and others wrong clubs to promote immoderate usage of societal media aliases nationalist comments to beryllium responsible and respectful.’

The information past goes connected to pass that immoderate nationalist remark deemed to beryllium ‘inflammatory aliases tin of causing offence’ will time off nan subordinate successful threat of FA sanctions.

The missive ends: ‘In nan meantime, our thoughts are pinch each those guiltless victims, their families and pinch each nan communities who are affected this ongoing conflict.’

On Monday, Mail Sport revealed really Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury was near facing an FA charge aft utilizing nan ‘from nan stream to sea' connected his societal media channels arsenic nan convulsive conflict betwixt Israeli and Palestine escalates.

Hamza Choudhury was not charged for his pro-Palestine societal media station aft FA decision

Choudhury appeared to station a pro-Palestinian societal media connection connected Monday

The erstwhile England Under-21 midfielder’s station was accompanied by an emoji of nan Palestinian flag.

Choudhury, who has since apologised and deleted nan post, has escaped FA action.

But nan organisation person now confirmed that they could punish immoderate different players aliases footballing unit who usage nan building successful nan future.

The news comes arsenic Mail Sport revealed that clubs had grown irritated clubs by nan deficiency of guidance from nan FA and Premier League connected really to counsel players complete making nationalist messages linked to nan ongoing Middle East conflict.

But nan FA’s missive arrives arsenic a clear and important portion of connection for footballing unit moving guardant moving forward.

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