El Yaakoubi is no longer captain of Excelsior after OneLove fuss

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El Yaakoubi is no longer captain of Excelsior after OneLove fuss

Redouan El Yaakoubi is no longer the captain of Excelsior. The reason for this is the OneLove campaign, in which both El Yaakoubi and Excelsior have appeared in the spotlight in a negative sense.

El Yaakoubi did not take a place behind the large OneLove banner and has received criticism as a result. ‘Although we are primarily a football club, we realize better than anyone that we also have a social function and we do something with that every day. The OneLove promotion, however well-intentioned, has put things on edge. Forcing people to do something is never the way to go’, reports Excelsior.

‘In the interest of the club, the player and sporting objective’ it has been jointly decided that El Yaakoubi will no longer be captain of Excelsior with immediate effect. ‘So that both club and player feel free and comfortable in the role that both have in society. This choice does not detract from the important role that Redouan fulfills as a person, person and professional in the dressing room and on the field. This is in no way up for discussion.’

Excelsior emphasizes that it is against discrimination and racism, but regrets the image that has emerged after the recent OneLove campaign. ‘In the past few days we have consciously distanced ourselves from the situation so as not to act out of emotion or misunderstanding on a subject that, unfortunately, is so charged. We have taken the time to sit down together to create understanding for each other’s points of view.’

‘Where many people choose to join the masses, Redouan is a person who feels called to assert himself as an individual. Someone who likes to express a message in his own way, wants to make himself heard and wants to stand up for inequality in the world. He provides proof of that every day with his own foundation.’

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