Former Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi will reportedly have his contract at Mainz terminated following his now-deleted pro-Palestine social media post.
The 28-year-old was suspended earlier this month by the Bundesliga club, who – in a statement – ‘distanced themselves from the content of the post’ that did not ‘align with the values of the club.’
But following a meeting on Thursday, Mainz have decided to cancel the Dutchman’s contract that runs until 2025, according to the BBC.
They claim that El Ghazi refused to apologise and told club chiefs he ‘stands for peace and humanity for all victims of the war.’
He was previously linked with a shock summer move to Manchester United amid the club’s winger crisis and El Ghazi at the time being a free agent. He eventually joined Mainz on a two-year contract.
Mainz’s Anwar El Ghazi is set to have his contract terminated by the Bundesliga club outfit
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El Ghazi last featured in the Premier League for Everton against Man City last February
El Ghazi formerly featured in the Premier League for both Aston Villa and Everton but moved to Germany in search of more regular first-team opportunities.
Part of his social media update stated: ‘Palestine will be free’ before he removed the post from his Instagram story.
He has made three appearances in the German top-flight this season and registered one assist for Bo Svensson’s team.
El Ghazi has been one of the rare players to speak on the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. Mainz are yet to comment following their statement on his initial suspension.