The live commentator on the Arab satellite channel broadcasting all World Cup matches in the region abruptly cut short his trademark “goooaaaaaaal” when Paintsil brought out the flag.“What are you doing, man?” the bewildered commentator said.
Some papers described Paintsil as a “Mossad agent”, others said “an Israeli had paid him to do it.”
“The real reason,” sports analyst Hassan el-Mestekawi wrote, stems from the fact that many Ghanaian players go through football training camps set up by an Israeli coach who “discovered the treasure of African talent, and abused the poverty of the continent’s children” with the ultimate goal of selling them off to European clubs.“The training program for these children starts every morning with a salute to the Israeli flag,” Mestekawi claimed.
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