(JTA) — Don’t hate the player, hate the Jewish coach, might be Algeria’s sports motto.
Algeria’s soccer team is reportedly pulling out of a friendly match with Ghana because they have an Israeli head coach, according to the Times of Israel reporting from Ghanaian media.
According to the report, the Algerian team canceled the match scheduled for September to ensure that Avram Grant did not step foot in their country, which could potentially infuriate the Algerian people who embrace a pro-Palestinian agenda.
Algerian journalist Ayman Gada posted to Facebook that “the Algerian national team canceled the friendly match because it refused to host Ghana’s Israeli coach,” the Times of Israel said.
Grant, a veteran coach of the English soccer team Chelsea, has been coaching the West African nation’s team for the past two years.