Achraf Hakimi of PSG was jeered by Maccabi Haifa supporters for his pro-Palestine stance.
Achraf Hakimi of Paris Saint-Germain received jeers during their Champions League encounter against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old right back entered the game as a substitute in the 83rd minute, and the home crowd booed him because of his outspoken support for Palestinian rights. In response to the loud jeers of the home crowd, Hakimi rubs his ear.
Hakimi, a fervent supporter of the Palestinian cause, expressed his solidarity on Twitter after the Israeli authorities forcibly evicted inhabitants of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood last year.
The right-back has already faced heckling from fans while competing for Israel’s Trophée des Champions against FC Nantes in Tel Aviv earlier this year.
Following goals from Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar, PSG overcame Maccabi Haifa 3-1.
After Maccabi midfielder Tjaronn Chery volleyed in a cross in the 24th minute, Messi scored a crucial equaliser for PSG in the 37th minute off a cross from Mbappe to the right.
Mbappe subsequently scored his third goal in two group games in the 69th minute after Messi’s perfectly timed pass sent him barreling down the left.
In the 88th minute, Neymar pounced on a lofted cross from Marco Verratti in the middle of the field, controlled the ball with his right thigh, and smashed it into the goal to break a Champions League scoring drought that had lasted since December 2020.
Together with Benfica, which triumphed 2-1 at Juventus in the other match, PSG leads Group H with six points.