Atal paid the price for defending Gaza and moved to Turkish league from French club Nice

Turkish Football League rivals Adanaspor have announced the signing of Algerian international Youssef Attal, arriving from Nice, France.

Adanaspor welcomed the player in their own way, saying, “Our club has signed a contract with right-back Yusuf Atal. We welcome him to our family.”

The defender of the Algerian national team (27 years old) preferred to move to the Turkish league after a dispute with his French club, which sentenced him to a suspension because of a post on social media about the bloody Israeli aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip Was.

The player – who joined Nice in 2018 – also appeared before the French judiciary on charges of “inciting hatred”.

Following his suspension, Atal found himself removed from the French club's accounts.

The Algerian star participated with the national team at the African Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast, but were eliminated in the first round.

Atal, a graduate of Algerian club Pardou's academy, bid farewell to supporters of his former French club via Instagram, saying: “Dear friends, it is time to leave. I am grateful for this adventure.”

He added, “I remember my first days in Nice very well, especially the difficult times. I will miss you and you will be in my heart.”

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