Former Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi has been suspended by German club Mainz for sharing a pro-Palestinian message on social media.
The 28-year-old joined the German side last month, but the club took action following his Instagram post.
Mainz announced Tuesday that they had suspended him for the now-removed position, deeming it “unacceptable.”
A club statement read: “FSV Mainz 05 has relieved Anwar El Ghazi of his training and match duties.
“The decision follows a since-deleted post on the 28-year-old’s social media, which appeared on Sunday evening.
“In this message, El Ghazi took a position on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East which was deemed unacceptable by the club.
“Before making this decision, the club and the player had engaged in in-depth discussion.
“Mainz 05 respects the fact that there are different perspectives on the complex, decades-long conflict in the Middle East.
“However, the club distances itself from the content of the social media post in question, as it does not correspond to the club’s values.”
El Ghazi has made just three appearances for Mainz since completing his move to the Bundesliga.
He spent the majority of his Premier League career at Villa, for whom he scored 26 goals in 119 appearances in all competitions.
The Dutchman also played on loan at Everton for the second half of the 2021/22 season, making two appearances for the Toffees.
Manchester United are reportedly considering a shock move for El Ghazi this summer ahead of his move to Mainz.