Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Former Arsenal star Diarra forced to deny he is a jihadst fighting in Syria


A story broke last week on an extremist website, where a man claimed to be an ex Arsenal footballer but now fight in Syria (If you missed the story, click here)

There were social media rumours that Diarra had gone to Syria and he is the guy on the extremist website.

In a video posted on an extremist website on Saturday a man claimed to be of a former Arsenal footballer now fighting in Syria, sparking Twiter rumours that it was the defensive midfielder

Eric Dupond-Moretti, a lawyer for the France international, said Paris-born Diarra 'denies in the most formal, the most categoric, the most absolute fashion that he has gone to Syria'.
Diarra is now playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. Dupond-Moretti said: 'He has never set foot in Syria. It's absurd. He is not a jihadist, he is a footballer with Lokomotiv Moscow.'
Mr Dupond-Moretti said Diarra was expected to turn out for his Russian team in a league game on Sunday.

According to, the site that posted the video, the man moved to London from his native country to play for Arsenal after growing up alongside a world-famous footballer.
It claims the man was radicalised in the capital two years ago before 'leaving everything' to join the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He later adds: 'We have conquered many cities and we are now implementing the Sharia. We have areas where the kaffirs (non-Muslims) are paying us the tax.
'If we stay in the kaffir countries we have to pay (taxes) to them. Do you want to be humiliated by this? Think about it.
The man's face is covered during the video, in which he clutches an AK47 assault rifle

'If you have family in these (Western) countries it's a must for you to put your children in the kaffir schools. "Who is going to teach your children?" It's going to maybe be a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a paedophile.
'It's very important for you to protect your children. Allah says they are the worst of creatures.'
The Russian-based website does not confirm the man's previous identity on the page, which shows two videos each roughly four-minutes long.

Text next to the video reads: 'He... played for Arsenal in London, and [then] left football, money and the European way of life to make the path of Allah.'

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