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Was Soccer Player Suspended For Wearing Shirt Supporting Victims Of Paris Attacks? (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Lotfi Dif, a soccer player for Algeria’s second division club CA Batna, was recently suspended for wearing a shirt that may have supported the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks from Nov. 13 (video below).

After Dif scored a goal, he lifted up his jersey to reveal a shirt underneath that stated, “Ici C Paris,” which means “Here, this is Paris,” as many players have done in the past, notes Fansided.com.

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However, one of Dif's teammates appeared to angrily pull Dif's jersey back over the shirt.

Dif was subsequently fined $2,180 and suspended, but, in a twist, denied having any support for France.

Dif told the French newspaper Le Parisian, according to Fansided.com:

"I did not realize what was written on my shirt, I’m a fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain. Otherwise, it has nothing to do with politics. I only did what Ibrahimovic does.

"I am in solidarity with neither France nor anything else. I have nothing in common with them and what happened out there doesn’t concern me even remotely. It’s just because I like Zlatan."

Ibrahimovic is a player for the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team.

Farid Nezzar, head of CA Batna, told Le Parisien that Dif participated in “inappropriate behavior,” and added, “Even if he says he is a supporter of Paris Saint-Germain, he is primarily a player of CA Batna,” reports Deadspin.com.

After scolding his own player, Nezzar asked soccer fans to “give a little leniency with [Dif]."

"We should not put too much pressure on him because he is a young player and I do not think he will commit another error such as this," he added.

Sources: Fansided.com, Deadspin.com, Le Parisien / Photo credit: YouTube screenshot