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The Football Association have irritated clubs by failing to provide clear guidance on how to advise players over making public messages linked to the ongoing Middle East conflict.
English football’s governing body is dragging its heels over deciding whether to investigate a social media post from Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury that read ‘from river to sea’ - a saying with pro-Palestinian connotations.
The FA were expected to decide on Tuesday whether the former England Under 21 international has a case to answer - but a final decision is yet to be made.
The delay arrives amid concern from leading clubs over the lack of guidance from English football’s key stakeholders on how they should instruct their staff about the sort of messaging that is permitted from ‘participants’ in the public domain.
In contrast, anti-discriminatory organisation Kick It Out released a statement in relation to Choudhury’s situation on Tuesday urging players to show ‘caution’ on social media when commenting on events in the Middle East.
The FA is dragging its heels over whether to investigate a post online from Hamza Choudhury
Choudhury - who is of Bangladeshi-Grenadian descent - appeared to post a pro-Palestinian social media message on Monday
Due to the lack of official guidance, clubs have taken it upon themselves to hold internal presentations to players in an effort to ensure they don’t land themselves in hot water when commenting on the violent scenes between Israel and Palestine.